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Millard Fuller

Founder, Habitat for Humanity International

Millard Fuller: Prior to leaving business, our lives had gone in separate ways, and we really became strangers to each other. After we left business and decided that we would seek a common path, and let that path be God's path for our lives, we worked together, and we've always worked together from that point until this day. And the children were involved in it. We were together. We did things together, and it was exciting. And even though, instead of driving a Lincoln Continental she was riding a motor bike, she was riding a motor bike as a happy woman, not a frustrated woman. She was a fulfilled woman, and she had her child on the back of the motor bike, and they were having an adventure. For a kid, it's more fun to be on the back of a motor bike than it is in the back seat of a Lincoln. And we were taking trips down to the Zaire River in a river boat, and we would go out and get sand out of -- I mean, it was -- in fact, one of our kids said to us recently -- she said, "Daddy, how could we ever thank you for how you raised us?" It was a thrilling moment, because our kids had a storybook childhood. We went to see the gorillas together in the forest. We floated down the Zaire River. We went and had picnics at the Botanical Garden. We dug out ant hills, and made blocks, and painted houses, and the kids had an adventure. We all had an adventure. We climbed a volcanic mountain together and camped out on the rim of the volcano. It was a marvelous experience that we had as a couple, and that we had together with our kids.
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Ernest Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

I fell in love with literature. I read plays. I read poetry. I read novels. I especially liked the 19th century Russian novelist, Turgenev, the stories of Tolstoy and Chekhov stories, and I read that. I began to read them because they -- I suppose because the relationship between those landowners and their peasants, their serfs, were so much like -- and not like -- the ones that I had come from. Those serfs and those peasants could become, probably, landowners themselves, or they can improve themselves. Whereas, where I had come from, it was impossible. So I read those books. I liked reading those books.
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Bill Gates

Co-Founder and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

Bill Gates: When I was very young I hadn't been exposed to computers so I was mostly just reading, doing math, learning about science, and I wasn't sure what my career would be. I knew I loved learning about things. I was an avid reader, but it was when I was 12 years old that I first got to use a computer, actually a very limited machine by today's standards. But that definitely fascinated me when I was first exposed.
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Bill Gates

Co-Founder and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

Bill Gates: Microsoft was at the center of the personal computer revolution, and particularly the creation of a software market where you went out to lots of companies, and encouraged them to write software for different applications, mundane applications, wild applications. That idea that you would encourage people to be creative, and build software, and there would be a whole industry around that. Microsoft believed in that, and no one else did, and so we got that going. And that's led now to where you have all these great choices, and it just keeps getting better and better. And it's because of the volume of machines out there, it can be sold very, very inexpensively. So that whole bootstrap, getting the industry going, making it personal, making there be lots of software, that's what we are the most proud of.
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