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Craig McCaw

Pioneer of Telecommunications

Craig McCaw: I think there's clearly a conflict at times between the humanistic side of a person and their success in a business career. But their ability to balance those is their very definition. It is not a question of how much you can achieve in life if you do it in an immoral manner. Ultimately, you will pay a price greater than you ever would dream it might cost you. And so, my belief has been that if I have a definition it is: "How much can we accomplish as a team, a group of people, without hurting others?"
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Craig McCaw

Pioneer of Telecommunications

Craig McCaw: I make a practice of trying never to read what people say about me. Because if you read what they say and you care, then they won. And I have great respect for the press, and a great belief in a free press. But it's necessary that you insulate yourself from what other people think. The greatest ideas you will ever have are the ones that other people don't understand. And if you're in that position, and you care too much what they think, you will not do the right thing. And therefore, I purposefully have long ago decided that if I live by the moral code that I want to live by, then what people think of me is not so important, because I'm doing what I believe is right and I'm not trying to hurt other people.
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Frank McCourt

Pulitzer Prize for Biography

I wasn't particularly intellectual, I think I moved a lot by instinct, and then a hint at intellect came along after it. I worked out this equation: What am I doing in the classroom? And I wanted to move the kids from what I call "From F to F: from Fear to Freedom." And I would explain most of us are fearful of something or other. So if I accomplished anything in the class, it was to help the kids to think for themselves, because we had never been encouraged to think for ourselves. We were told we were worthless. The only thing for us to do was behave ourselves, observe the edicts or the pronouncements of the Catholic Church so we could go up to heaven. But eventually I knew the kids lived in a state of fear. Over what? You know, being teenagers, worried about their looks, worried about their popularity with the opposite sex, worried about their future, and I wanted to try to help them think for yourself.
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Frank McCourt

Pulitzer Prize for Biography

I didn't know Angela's Ashes would be successful, and if it hadn't sold the way it did, it hadn't brought me all these prizes and so on, I would have gone back to teaching. But the book would have been written. It would be on the bookshelves. It would be -- it would have its Library of Congress catalogue number and I would have been satisfied. I would have been profoundly satisfied, and I would have gone back to teaching, and that would have given me such satisfaction, too. I'd stay there till I died. I'd be in front of the class some day talking about dangling participles, and I'd get an aneurysm and keel over, and they'd take me out feet first. A warrior, a pedagogical warrior!
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David McCullough

Two Pulitzer Prizes for Biography

Jefferson was very contained, very restrained, did not want anybody to know what he truly felt, what kinds of passion was within or at odds with him -- at odds within. Whereas Adams wore his emotions on his sleeve. Adams, who was very eloquent on his feet, a great speaker, a great convincer of juries and delegations at the Continental Congress; Jefferson, who couldn't speak on his feet to save his life, a terrible public speaker, but who could express himself on paper, as few people ever have. And how they started off as friends and co-revolutionaries, ultimately became political rivals, even adversaries, in a harsh fashion nearly. Who didn't speak to each other for years, who, in a way, were responsible for the political divisions that set up our two-party system, and who then have a great reconciliation after each has served in the presidency and become great friends, again. And correspondence! Carrying on some of the most eloquent correspondence in our history, and in our language. And who then -- incredibly, unimaginably -- die on the same day, and the same day is the 4th of July, 50 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which they created! Now, that doesn't happen in real life. That couldn't happen on the stage or in a movie, because nobody would believe it, but it did.
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