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Willie Brown

Former Mayor of San Francisco

There was a better life than worrying every day about your physical safety. There was a better life than being a vegetarian, and not by choice. That there was a better life than having only a pot-bellied stove in one room in a household. There was a better life other than outdoor plumbing. There was a better life than having a job of going a block away to get water and bring it back. There was a better life than taking a bath in the third use of the water that had been acquired. I knew that there had to be a better life. And there clearly had to be a better life than having no shoes. I knew there had to be a better life.
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Willie Brown

Former Mayor of San Francisco

I had great, great respect for my mother. She seemed to have more interest in life than any other human being that I'd ever known, although she was only there on weekends. She lived in what we called "in service," up over somebody's garage in Dallas, Texas, working as their maid. But she would dutifully come home practically every weekend. She'd bring with her the excess food that she had cooked and not served to the other families. She'd bring home the ham, which was a way to get away from being a vegetarian. She would bring cakes and cookies that she had made. And obviously, she made them in excess, so she could bring them home. She'd also bring home the clothing of the kids from the house that she worked for, that they would give her.
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George H.W. Bush

41st President of the United States

Family and friends and faith are what are really matters in life. And I know that. I see it so clearly now. And so, as they climb the ladder of achievement, I'd simply say, remember what Barbara Bush told those girls at Wellesley: "What happens in your house is more important than what happens in the White House." And it's true. It's so 100 percent true. And that means we -- each of these achievers -- must find some way, not only stay in touch with family, but to help others who might not be blessed with family. To strengthen the American family.
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Susan Butcher

Champion Dog-Sled Racer

I feel very fortunate that from a very early age I knew what I wanted to do. And I know that many people of 18, 24, 30 years old, still have not really reached a passion the way I had a passion at a very young age. But whenever you do find something -- maybe it's not as passionate for you as dog mushing has been for me -- but the fact that you have any interes. that is what you should go with. And particularly if you have a passion, no matter how many people criticize that passion, no matter if you cannot see the link between how what you are going to do is going to benefit others, I can promise you if you do anything well, it will benefit others. So you have to go with your dream, which is certainly what I have done, which has brought my life great fulfillment.
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