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Milton Friedman

Nobel Prize in Economics

Outside of my parents and my wife, there is nobody else who had as much influence on my life as Arthur Burns did. And as I say, that major source of influence started exerting itself during a course I took in which there were only two students and he. And this course consisted -- I don't know what it was supposed to be -- but it consisted in going over the draft of his doctoral dissertation sentence by sentence, and trying to find mistakes in it, and analyze it and improve it and criticize it. And as I say, I can think of but one other course in my life that had as much value to me as that course. Because it supplied standards of workmanship, the level of accuracy you want to aim at, the openness to criticism. Those are the kinds of things it provided.
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Carlos Fuentes

Author, Scholar & Diplomat

I wanted to be a writer always. I had published my first stories in Chile when I was 11 years old, and went on from there and won contests in high school. Well, that was my vocation, no doubt about it. So when I was told, "Now you have to do law school," I said, "Why? I want to be a writer; I don't want to be a lawyer." But the pressure in Mexico at the time was if you are a writer, you will die of hunger, so you must have a professional title. I remember visiting the great Mexican writer Alfonso Reyes, who my father told, "Convince Carlos he has to be a lawyer." And he said -- and Alfonso was the greatest Mexican writer at the time -- and he said, "I am a writer, but first I am a lawyer, because Mexico is a formalistic country. We are all hot cups of coffee, and if you don't have the handle to pick us up, people will burn their hands. You have to be Doctor something, Licenciado something, Engineer something or other." So I obeyed him and I went to school in Mexico. I went to school in Geneva. I achieved a broadness of education I would not have had otherwise. By reading law -- going back to read philosophy, Roman law, the medieval times, which are so important to understand Latin America, the philosophy of the Middle Ages -- I got a whole picture of the world that I would not have had if I had not studied law. So I'm very grateful for it.
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Carlos Fuentes

Author, Scholar & Diplomat

You have to love reading in order to be a good writer. Because writing doesn't start with you. It doesn't spring from nothing. It doesn't start at zero. You have to be conscious that there is a tremendous tradition behind you, a tradition that goes way back to the Bible and Homer and whatever you wish -- and Aztec myths. You have to see yourself as part of the chain of being, if you wish. You are part of a process of language and memory and imagination. To put it in a nutshell, I think that to create, you have to be conscious of tradition. But to keep the tradition alive, you have to create something new. That would be my formula.
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Millard Fuller

Founder, Habitat for Humanity International

Millard Fuller: No. We called together a group of people, and we had sessions. And we prayed about it and we talked about it, and we came up with a program which was called Koinonia Partners. That was the name of our first ministry, "Partners," because we saw ourselves as in partnership with God, and in partnership with one another, partnership with the poor, and we had partnership industries, partnership housing, partnership farming. And the partnership industries, Linda got involved in that, making tie-dyed T-shirts and dashikis and all kinds of other clothing items. We started a little factory there to make women's pants, and we hired a bunch of local poor people to make those clothing items. And we started a worm farm, and we grew peanuts and cotton -- not cotton -- peanuts and corn and soybeans, and we bought cattle. And then we began to build houses. We actually began to build one house for one needy family. That was our partnership housing program, and while that house was under construction -- we had the walls up -- on October 29, 1969, Clarence Jordan died suddenly of a heart attack. He was in his study writing a sermon to be delivered at nearby Mercer University, and he just leaned his head against the wall and died very suddenly, just like my mother had died many years earlier. And there we were with this dream and this vision underway -- with partnership farming, partnership industries, partnership housing -- and Clarence Jordan was dead.
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