Legendary choreographer Martha Graham believes that dancing—like living—may look easy, but actually requires years of constant practice to achieve a sense of one's own being and a satisfaction of spirit.
Tony-award–winning actress Uta Hagen had been placed on the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s, a time which she refers to as the "unreal" part of her life. In looking at the source of her strength and ideals, she found that the great artists and thinkers helped her be true to herself and "fight the good fight."
Mohandas Gandhi believed that none of the world's religions had a monopoly on wisdom and that all of them were the same at their core. He was much more concerned with the actions we take in the service of one another, especially in the service of the poor and oppressed.
One of the original "Monuments Men," George Leslie Stout had a hopeful look toward mankind's future and believed that man is growing toward a more civilized state. With an appetite for knowledge, fairness, and truth, Mr. Stout sees each individual contributing to a civilization larger than himself.
From the 1950s series, European film writer and director Maximilian Hodder tells how his detention in a Soviet gulag nearly destroyed his faith in humanity. But when he found freedom in the West, Hodder regained his belief in the goodness of people.
From the 1950s series, actor, producer, and director John Cromwell makes his statement of belief in the form of a letter to his son. Cromwell tells the 14-year-old that the discovery of a philosophy to live by is a healing thing.