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Carlos Fuentes

Author, Scholar & Diplomat

I went to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and was promptly denied a visa. I asked why, and they said, "We can't tell you why. It's a secret." So I was left stranded and classified forever under the Undesirable Aliens list. I asked once, "Do you ever get out of that list? Can I ever get out?" and they said, "No, no, no." I said, "Even hell has its limits. Even in hell you are promised that one day everybody will go to purgatory or to heaven; hell is not forever. Surely, the denial of a visa is not forever." They said, "No, no, you can come out with a visa." How? "If you demonstrate your allegiance to the cause of anti-Communism." I said, "Well, that is something I will never do just on the principle of it. I am not a Communist, but I will not go to that McCarthyite length."
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Athol Fugard

Playwright, Novelist and Actor

I left university. I stayed around in Cape Town for a little while trying to sort out my head, and then decided the best way to see the world is to start traveling. So I hitchhiked up through Africa, Cape Town to Cairo. Standing on the side of the road, thumbing lifts when they came along, but sometimes you'd wait on the side of that road for days in the middle of nowhere, the Belgian Congo or the Sudan, Kenya, Tanganyika, and then eventually Cairo. I eventually landed up -- after quite a lot of trouble because I sneaked into Egypt. I jumped a border. I didn't have a passport. They sent me back to the Sudan. In Sudan I found my way down to Port Sudan, and I was just frittering away time there wondering, "What next? Do I stow away onboard a ship?" when I happened to meet the captain of a tramp steamer. Those were the days of tramp steamers still, the world of Joseph Conrad. You know, Youth and all those magnificent novels of his.
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Millard Fuller

Founder, Habitat for Humanity International

Millard Fuller: Morris Dees and I had had a business agreement where if either one of us wanted to leave, we'd give the other one the opportunity to buy us out. So I contacted him, and we made arrangements, and every penny of the sale we gave away from the company. We didn't save one single penny. We gave all of it away. And like she said, over a period of time, we just got rid of all of our other assets, and we went on a pilgrimage. We didn't know what we would do. We had no earthly idea. She was like 24 years old. I was 29, and we just decided to seek for God's path for us. We didn't know what that would be.
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