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Ron Howard

Oscar for Best Director

My father is working more now than he ever has. And he said, "You know, a lot of my friends, they went into the corporate world, they became doctors, they had great careers, the kinds of careers that everyone would have applauded them for pursuing. And they pursued them, and some of them are happy about it and some of them aren't. But I followed my dream. And if the object is to have a secure and gratifying life, I've achieved that. Maybe never stardom, but my home is paid for, I have a great pension through the Screen Actors Guild plan, and I have security. And on top of everything else, while everyone else is winding down, I still can keep the dream alive. Because you never know when another interesting challenge is going to come along, or another great role. And I'm working more now than I ever have, and I'm active. And I've got a lot to look ahead towards."
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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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