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John Hume

Nobel Prize for Peace

We were strongly opposed, myself and my party were strongly opposed to violence, and to the IRA in particular because we argued that when we were a divided people, that violence could not heal the divisions. It only deepened the divisions and made the problem worse. And, of course, violence from one side always led to violence from the other, as well, and you had the doctrine of "an eye for an eye," which, as Mahatma Gandhi did say, leaves everybody blind. So, we strongly opposed violence throughout, and what we did was present our analysis of the problem, saying that the people of Northern Ireland were divided, but they were divided about three sets of relationships. They were divided about the relationships within Northern Ireland, and they were divided about the relationships within Ireland, and they were divided about the relationship with Britain. And that, for the problem to be solved, that those three sets of relationships should be the agenda at any talks. And, given that that should be the agenda, then the British and Irish Governments should be together at the table with all the parties.
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Daniel Inouye

Medal of Honor

I'm supposed to be a normal, sane type person, but after you go through war and such, you become superstitious. I am convinced that somebody is looking after me. Now for example, when I was wounded the last time -- I was wounded four times, that's how lucky I am -- none of them killed me. The last one was a terrible one. The arm flew off and everything else. It took nine hours to evacuate me. I was wounded just about noontime, but I stuck around until three, when I felt that the platoon was in shape, then I said, "I'm ready to go." From three to midnight, because everything was on a stretcher. Today, if I had been wounded under the same circumstances, I would have been evacuated by helicopter and I'd be in a hospital within 30 minutes. As a result, in my regiment -- the regiment I served in -- no double amputee survived, because they bled to death. No brain injury survived, and that's what the nature of war was like.
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Jeremy Irons

Award-winning Stage and Screen Actor

Godspell was a good leap for me; it was a good shop window. And although it pulled things out of my nature that weren't particularly good, in that I have a sort of insecurity and a desire for perfection, which when mixed is somewhat volatile, so what I was able to do with that show -- there were ten of us -- is we all developed into a very frank group and we could speak eye to eye with people and say, "What you're doing there is rubbish. We've got to do better than that. That's terrible. It's lazy." You know? And we finally were able to talk to each other like this. I've always tried since then whenever I work with people to speak like that.
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Jeremy Irons

Award-winning Stage and Screen Actor

I know that if I'm to play tennis, if I play with Ivan Lendl my game is going to look better than if I play with my mother. So the better my partner or my opposition, however you like to think about it, the better my game. I love and I feed off that. And sometimes I have relationships with actors where that happens. Glenn Close and I have worked a lot together, and we are always keeping each other on our toes saying, "It has got to be better than that. You know that's not the answer." And I think many good actors are like that. Meryl Streep, she's very frank with me and I'm able to be frank with her.
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Jeremy Irons

Award-winning Stage and Screen Actor

for ten people who dislike something that you've done, whether it be a film or a play, there will always be ten who like it. and the great -- i was going to say -- antidote for my business is that most people, being fine natured, will tell you that they've enjoyed something. if they haven't enjoyed it, they don't tell you. so you tend to be sort of cotton wooled as an actor from the actual truth. but i know, looking at my work, i think i know the true value of it, which is usually about 40 percent of what i'd hoped i would achieve, which is fine. it gives me something to go -- you know, to try to learn to improve, but i do think it's terribly important.
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Jeremy Irons

Award-winning Stage and Screen Actor

I live in a world where one is constantly being misled, either by the length of one's limo, or the size of one's face on the screen, or the kind remarks of people that surround you, and I know that they are constantly telling you lies about the true nature of what you do. I think that's very important because when I work on the screen, or work on the stage, if I'm not in touch with truth, my true self, my true feelings, the true importance or nonimportance of what this skinny, six-foot one frame is about, then I'm lost. I'm an instrument. I'm hopefully a Stradivarius but maybe a lesser make. But if the sound I make is not pure, if it has been misled by a misunderstanding of one's importance in life, then you're in trouble, I think. I would be in trouble.
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