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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

I could talk about losing everything in a tornado, and escaping with your life, and I know what it's like to be homeless, and that's nothing. No big deal. I know what it's like to have my home burned, and all the papers, and I'm a student in college, living in a private house. I would fail an English course because of it, but that's no big deal. And, a daughter whose leg was amputated, when she was our athlete. She was 13 years old. That was a pretty big deal. My wife, having amputations of breasts because of cancer, that was a heavy deal. Or my having an accident and being 20 minutes from being DOA at the hospital in Amsterdam, having two brain surgeries in eight days. That was nothing, that was a piece of cake, because I didn't even know what was going on.
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Robert Schuller

Crystal Cathedral

My denomination shunned me when they heard I was preaching in a drive-in theater. That was rather embarrassing. Then, it wasn't long and I began preaching a theology centered around self esteem. I was attacked by this. They would have accused me of heresy, but I was too good a theologian. I did not commit a heresy, and they knew it. I did nothing that was heretical. So, when they couldn't accuse me -- because I was too well educated, frankly -- I was shunned.
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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

I had a heavy malarial fever, and I woke up in one of these big round houses in my hammock, which they had stretched up, and I was in it. If they had been some of our so-called civilized people, they would have left me in the forest and taken everything I had -- adios! I never felt -- one time I had a boy who worked with me about six weeks, seven weeks. After the first week he told me he'd killed a white man, and I knew the white man. And, the white man had been bothering this boy's sister. There are no authorities down there, and they have to defend themselves that way. I kept right on working with this boy, and one of the best fellows I ever had. And, these are the experiences that I remember: kindness, if you want to use this term, of these people towards this intruder from outside.
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Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander, Operation Desert Storm

Norman Schwarzkopf: The soldier was lying on the ground screaming, and I was afraid that he was going to set off more mines. Or, worse yet, he had a badly broken leg, and I was afraid that he was going to cut the artery in his leg and die. So I had to go over there and settle him down. There was nobody else to do it, so I had to walk through the mine field. Believe me, it wasn't a heroic act at that time, it was something that somebody had to do, and I was the man in charge.
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Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander, Operation Desert Storm

Anybody who says they're not afraid of war is either a liar, or they're crazy. And there's nothing wrong with fear. I mean, fear is good. Fear will keep you alive in a war. Fear will keep you alive in business. Nothing wrong with being afraid at all, and everybody should understand that. And fear tends to cause you to focus, it tends to cause your adrenaline to run, it tends to cause you to do things, perhaps to see things in much, much sharper perspective at that instant. What is bad is when you allow that fear to turn into panic, and you allow that fear to petrify you to the point that you cannot perform whatever duty you have to do. That's the thing that's wrong with fear. But there's nothing wrong with being afraid. And true courage is not not being afraid. True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that's what courage is.
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