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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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Julius Erving

The Great and Wondrous Dr. J

Julius Erving: Take the time to assess your talent yourself, and then be willing to listen to others who can tell you what you have, and what you don't have. Just deal with the reality of the situation, the statistics. If there are 350 basketball players, and 350 million in America, then you're one in a million if you're going to make it into the pro ranks. Now with the game becoming a world game as it is, there will be more professional teams, which will create more jobs. But proportionately speaking, if you start dealing with the world, with 3 billion people or more, the percentages becomes even less that you'll make it. That's just getting in the door, not that you will become a superstar, then it shrinks again.
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