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Gertrude Elion

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Gertrude Elion: I think I'm most proud of the fact that so many of the drugs have really been useful in saving lives. I've run into people whose lives have been saved, and the kind of satisfaction that you get from having someone come up and say, "My child had acute leukemia and your drug saved him." Or, "My little girl had herpes encephalitis, and she is now cured, she is back at school. She is doing very well. People told me that she might be mentally affected, but she is not." I run into people who have had kidney transplants for 20 years who are still taking the drug. And I don't think that anything else that happens to you can match that type of satisfaction.
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Larry Ellison

Founder & CEO, Oracle Corporation

The opportunity in this country is astounding. Everyone who works hard and a maybe little cleverly has the opportunity to make almost anything possible. That's the American Dream, that anything here is possible. We are not held back. Immigrants come here, and in a single generation do extraordinary things. This country is not perfect, but compare it with every other country in the world, and it's absolutely fabulous. There's unlimited opportunity. It requires hard work, it requires a little bit of luck. But still, in America, anything is possible.
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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

Nora Ephron: I've always had a very clear sense -- since I was a kid, reading books about people who didn't live in the United States -- about how lucky I was to live here. There's no place like it. I remember, after 9/11, there was a lot of foolish talk about, "Where we would go if we had to leave this place?" which I just thought was so idiotic. I couldn't believe it, because where could you go? Where could you possibly go? Nowhere. There is no place like this, no place that offers what this country does.
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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

My husband, Nick Pileggi, is first generation, first generation B.A., and he became a writer. He and I are one generation different, not in our ages, but in our parents' experience. That wouldn't have happened to him in another place, and it almost didn't happen here, by the way, because he was in junior high school and was assigned -- got his schedule in junior high school -- and he was in all vocational classes. And he went to the guidance person and said, "Why am I not in English classes? Why don't I have any classes like my friends have?" and they said, "Oh, you're Italian American. You're not going to need this kind of thing. You're not going to go to college." That was New York City! But he fooled them and switched out of it, but the point is you still hear stories like that, stories from people like Mario Cuomo, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn't get a job after she graduated from law school. There's still a lot of that stuff, and yet, compared to anyplace else, this is by far the best place you could be.
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