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Shelby Foote

Novelist and Historian

A big sustaining thing was I believed firmly that I was doing important work, and I thought it was going good, so I felt good. There's nothing that makes a writer truly as happy. Nothing anywhere makes him as truly as happy as going to bed at night, putting his head on the pillow with the idea of getting up and getting at his desk the next morning. That's a happy man, and I had that for all that time.
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Milton Friedman

Nobel Prize in Economics

I had a teacher in high school who was really somehow -- I think he taught government or political science, something like that, whatever you call it in high school -- but he also taught Euclidian geometry, plane geometry, simply because he liked it as such a beautiful, intellectual discipline. And I took his course, and one point or another, he got rhapsodizing about the beauty of geometry, and he quoted the last lines of Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn." "Truth is beauty, beauty is truth. That is all you know, and all you need to know." And those two lines stuck with me. I was about, probably 12 or 13 at the time. And they have stuck with me ever since, because they so much reflected the sort of feeling I had about the geometry, as well, and about mathematics in general, that its appeal is one of beauty, kind of an intellectual purity and beauty. And now, I'm sure that was what drove me into the direction of thinking I wanted to make mathematics my lifetime work.
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Milton Friedman

Nobel Prize in Economics

Milton Friedman: I think the most important single thing in people's success is whether they are lucky enough to be able to earn their living at doing something that, if they could afford to, they would do without any pay. I think the most unlucky people in the world are those who have to earn their living by doing something in which they would not voluntarily work overtime.
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Carlos Fuentes

Author, Scholar & Diplomat

Carlos Fuentes: It's like walking, or singing in the bathtub. It comes naturally. It is there. I was writing -- indeed, at seven, I was writing my own magazine in the apartment building in Washington, and circulating it through all seven stories. I did it myself. News, movie reviews, reviews of books I had read. I mean, who cared? I cared. But it's a vocation that was there for me from the earliest time, the earliest age. Then it sort of spawned out into other activities, but always the center, the core of my life has been writing. The proof is that I have more than 20 books. I wrote them some time, huh?
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Carlos Fuentes

Author, Scholar & Diplomat

One epiphany which I will never forget is reading Kafka's Metamorphosis. I must have been 17. And that really burned through my heart and my mind. I remember I started smacking the light bulb, I was so excited. I think the world was turning around me. "See! This you can do with literature! If you can write this, that's all you want from life. You want nothing more."
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