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Sally Ride

First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride: It was hard to become an astronaut. It was hard to make it through the selection process and the training itself was very difficult, not anywhere near as much physical training as people imagine, but a lot of mental training, a lot of learning. You have to learn everything there is to know about the Space Shuttle and everything you are going to be doing, and everything you need to know if something goes wrong, and then once you have learned it all, you have to practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice until everything is second nature, so it's a very, very difficult training, and it takes years.
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Sonny Rollins

Greatest Living Jazz Soloist

Sonny Rollins: I am trying to get a deeper sense of expression musically. I mean people tell me, "Oh gee, Sonny. You still practice. How come?" Well, I am still searching. I still am trying to get to something hopefully more profound than what I'm doing now, and I think it's possible. I think it's there, but it's not always -- every now and then I get a little snatch of it.
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Sonny Rollins

Greatest Living Jazz Soloist

Sonny Rollins: When I have a particularly good performance, I know it. But you know, it doesn't happen more than maybe a few times a year -- if I'm lucky -- that I really get into something which is really where I would like to be all the time. But it is something, you know, it's something that I am not there yet. I hope there is time to get there, because I'm not 15 years old anymore, but there is something else there that I am still striving for.
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Anthony Romero

Executive Director, ACLU

I am privileged to represent an organization that will be here forever. It's a permanent fixture in the American political landscape. We've been here for 92 years. We have outlived every president since the early 20th century. We have sued them all. The fact is, as long as we have a constitution, as long as we have the United States of America, we're going to need an ACLU to defend the rights of all people, and we're going to be there forever. We can lose a case, like Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986, where the rights of a gay couple to have consensual sex in the privacy of their bedroom was -- that was being criminalized and that statute was being upheld by the Supreme Court -- until today, where the courts are on the verge of recognizing full equality for gay and lesbian people. You have to lose in '86 to win in 2012. The fact is, this organization is going to be around in 2022, '32, '42. I'll be old or dead, but I know that the spirit of this work will continue. That is what gives me courage, that even when I lose today, we know we're going to be back in there at some other point, pushing the envelope and making it right at some other point in the future.
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Anthony Romero

Executive Director, ACLU

If we don't learn from our failures, then we're doomed to create them over and over again. And what's the point of that? We want to win. So if you fail once, take the time out to learn. Take the time out to ask the questions, take the time out to be analytic and self-critical. All of us have failed. I mean -- Christ! I have. Today, I have failed more than I would like to imagine on a couple things. Yet there are moments when you say, "Okay, I can do better." We have to focus on the idea that it's progress, the idea that we can make a difference. I think there's also a bit of humanity in it, there is a bit of humility in it. That if we don't ever learn from our failures and don't recognize that we're going to fail, then we have an overblown sense of who we are. That's not very good, because arrogance is what comes before the fall. So I think it's important to approach this work with optimism, with energy, with creativity, with tenacity, with a sense of humor. Oh God, if we stop laughing, that's really a sorry state of affairs. And a willingness to learn from one's mistakes.
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