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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

I told the French, I told the U.S., I told the Europeans that this somebody called Osama -- and people coming to me -- common Afghans came to tell me that the Taliban are bringing in horrible people from the Arab world, from Pakistan, and these are killers. "These are very inhuman people. Talk to the rest of the world. Liberate Afghanistan from these people, because they are going to hurt everybody, not only Afghans." And I went on a daily basis, I went to the rest of the world to tell them that this is what's going on in Afghanistan. I hardly stayed two or three days a week in my home with my family, and later on when I got married with my wife. I kept telling them. Nobody believed me. When they believed me they thought, "Well, it may not be as serious as he's talking about." Or if it is as serious as he's talking about, maybe his estimation of the Afghan resolve to get rid of the Taliban and terrorism was something that they thought I was overstating. So all those things probably made things a bit difficult.
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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

Osama Bin Laden had just arrived in Afghanistan at that time. I had just heard his name at that time. Somebody in Afghanistan, a pilot, told me that he flew this man from a certain border of Afghanistan to Kandahar to meet with Mullah Omar with two sacks of money in his hands, briefcases of money. But the Taliban were banning people from education, banning women from work. The world did not know them the way he knew them at the time. The world was still sympathetic to them, the West in particular. I began to disassociate with them. I began to travel to America. I began to travel to Europe to tell the Europeans and the Americans that Afghanistan is going through very difficult times; that there is a danger in Afghanistan for Afghans and for the rest of the world. Very few people believed me. They said, "This is not true. You are saying this because they are not the type of people you are. They represent Afghanistan; you represent another culture. You speak English, you are educated, so you don't represent Afghanistan. The Taliban do represent Afghanistan." We began in Afghanistan a campaign against them, a campaign to dislodge them, without help from the rest of the world.
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Anthony Kennedy

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Anthony Kennedy: I think I maybe learned more in the oil fields than I did in the State Senate. I think there's a lot of wisdom in the working man and the working woman. I think they're very concerned with what the country is like, what their life should be like. And I think that taught me a lot, because I was the butt of many jokes when I was a little kid working with these high-powered people in the oil fields, and I had to learn to adjust to that and try to pull my own weight.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: I worked a graveyard shift at 7-11. That's 11 in the evening until seven in the morning. I went to school during the day, and then on weekends I'd mow the lawn, deliver newspapers and work in restaurants as busboy and that kind of thing, which is what a lot of people do. But, working the night shift was hard because you know, you still do need sleep.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

I never felt I was lucky. I never felt that I was the smartest, but working hard is something that I could do. And I think one thing that I am capable of is -- somehow -- my body has pretty good endurance. I can just work day and night and maintain the concentration. And, I've never met anybody who can work as long and reach the same level of concentration without getting burned out. So, that's an ability I guess, that I have.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

I always had this complex that I felt that I was not as good as the guy next to me, and therefore I work extra hard. And, I've met several people who are highly successful and when I talk to them, they say a similar thing. So, I don't think it's just me. People who are the smartest or the most talented, sometimes they don't realize their full potential because things get too easy. It's too easy for them and things just come so easily for them, so they don't really push themselves as hard.
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