"They become agents unto themselves, to act rather than to be acted upon."
This pretty much sums up my philosophy when it comes to life and these things. I care deeply about what quotes meant originally to those who said them. However, IF there's a better way for me personally to take them with regard to my own life and circumstances, I can recognize and accept what I perceive to be the appropriate meaning for me now without having to agree with the original meaning of the speaker - even in cases where the original speaker was a prophet and apostle.
In that sense, I intentionally choose to act rather than be acted upon. It's a fine line, but it's an important one to me.