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John Hume

Nobel Prize for Peace

When you look at the founding fathers of the United States, what was their philosophy? It's often forgotten, but I was very aware and it's written, summarized on the American cent, E pluribus unum, written large on the grave of Abraham Lincoln, "From many we are one." The essence of our unity is respect for diversity. And of course, when you consider the founding fathers of the United States were driven out of other countries by poverty, by famine, by conflict, by all of those things, and they decided that those things weren't going to happen in their new land. And that was a philosophy, and of course, when you consider that, the essence of unity is respect for diversity, that's a philosophy of peace for the world.
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Louis Ignarro

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Louis Ignarro: The American Dream to me means -- it signifies how successful a citizen of the United States can be if you really take advantage of all the things that America has to offer. We have great freedoms here. We have the ability -- capacity -- to go to whatever schools we want to go to, provided we do well and educate ourselves in order to get into those schools. But I guess what I'm trying to say is there's still, even today, so many different opportunities in the U.S. I think the majority of the universities and higher schools of learning in the U.S. surpass those in other parts of the world. There are great opportunities here to take on any kind of profession. And then, once you finish schooling, there's so many opportunities for great jobs here. The United States is, I think, synonymous with science and technology. Now there are great advances, don't get me wrong, in Europe and especially in Asia, but still I think the center of attraction for science and technology -- which I can speak to -- is right here in America. So for those who are interested, they could take the opportunity, or they can use this to their advantage, and really learn something and excel in science and technology.
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Daniel Inouye

Medal of Honor

I had no idea. When we got on the ship to go to California, it was my first trip outside Hawaii. We had no idea where we were headed for. When we got to Oakland the word came down we were going to Mississippi. And the only thing that most of us could think about in Mississippi was what we read. They lynch people there. That's what you read in the papers. So the outlook wasn't that good. We got on the train, and we were told that whenever we approached a city, a word will come down and we bring down the shade. Understandably, because if we went through this railroad station and the shades were up, and people looked in and saw me, they would think I'm a prisoner of war. I look Asian. So they thought the best way to avoid problems is to lock up the train, and we would lift up the shades when we left the town or the village or the city. So we saw beautiful America -- Grand Canyon and places like that. But when we got to Mississippi -- this must have been about five days later -- we expected the worst, and lo and behold, there were about 50 women lined up at the train station in gray Red Cross uniforms. They were all white women. And it was quite an eye-opener, because in Hawaii I had never been served by a white woman. Most of the waitresses and waiters where I went to dine, the little coffee shops and such, were all Japanese or Chinese or Filipinos. So this was elegant white ladies serving us coffee and donuts. And then, later on, several families opened their farms and invited us to come over. But the real kicker was the U.S.O. About a month after we arrived there, they sent an invitation: "We're having a dance for you. So if you're interested, we'll be at this auditorium," what have you. And I decided I'd go. My first dance was with a blonde! Never had one before. That's achievement! When you consider coming up with the background I had, it was an achievement. How can you ever forget that? It was very pleasant. It gave us a little drive that America wasn't bad, even if they declared that I was an enemy alien. And I was an enemy alien until the end of the war.
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Daniel Inouye

Medal of Honor

Daniel Inouye: It's a dream where you live a life that's powerful, one in which you can get married if you want to, raise kids if you want to, get educated to the limit of your capacity, and do what makes you happy, because we all are looking for the good life. We don't want to go through life with just fighting, fighting, fighting. I've gone through life. I got into Congress when we had just started Vietnam. Before that, I had friends going to Korea. My brothers went to Korea. And these were war after war after war. Today, we have a powerful military that serves as a deterrent, but the enemy we have today is not like World War II, where you sign a piece of paper and the war is over. Today they're not in uniform. In my time we knew what the enemy looked like, we knew his weapons systems and such. Today, your cab driver may be the person, you have no idea. I don't know how we got into this fix, but we're there.
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