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Desmond Tutu

Nobel Prize for Peace

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: What did the Bishop see in me? I wonder. I actually do wonder. There is one thing which made me slightly different. Up to that point, not too many people with university degrees were offering themselves -- certainly in the black community -- were offering themselves for training for the priesthood. So, he might have considered me a rare catch. And, I have to say it's been an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding vocation. God has been wonderfully, wonderfully good.
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Bert Vogelstein

Cancer Researcher

I guess when I was 10 or 11 I kind of wanted to be a lawyer like my dad. And, when I went to high school I got interested in science, and I was pretty good at it, I guess. And, it wasn't until I was actually in medical school -- even past medical school, about five years after medical school -- that I finally decided what I wanted to do. So, there was a lot of indecision. I knew I wanted to continue to learn things about science, and about eventually medicine. But, I had no formed idea of what I wanted to do until I was maybe 27, something like that.
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Bert Vogelstein

Cancer Researcher

The first summer after medical school I did some research in a lab with a gentleman named Howard Densis, and I immediately knew that this was fun. This was exciting, this was something you could really apply your innovative skills and your creativity to. And, that's the way I continued through medical school. Whenever I had a chance in the summers, I would take off quarters or semesters to do research. And that's kind of when I decided to probably concentrate on medical research.
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Lech Walesa

Nobel Prize for Peace

Since I came from a very poor family, that's why everybody from my household wanted to learn, and they wanted to go on into the world. And well, I just tried to do the same thing. Of course, we gained our education in the schools that were in the near vicinity, and we were prepared more for the practical side of life. So we were not humanists, we were not theoreticians. We were educated in practical matters, like an electrician, a welder, and some other practical professions. Something -- you were trained to be able to produce something and to make money on it.
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Lech Walesa

Nobel Prize for Peace

Lech Walesa: I really had to think over every detail and everything, the whole defeat of 1970. I had to go into really many details. How to achieve victory, what kind of an organization to establish in order to win this victory, and what would be the stages in which we could win the victory? How to avoid the tragedy of bloodshed, of being shut out, and how to negotiate, how to protect food, how to organize duties in order for the whole organization to function, and try to foresee all the possible situations that might happen. And, bearing in mind that there could be alternative outcomes, like a tragic one and a less tragic one, to take into account the behavior of people who are afraid. To take into consideration the behavior of the provocateurs, those who can provoke, and the opponents who would certainly carry out certain resistant action within us. So really, the ten years was not even enough for me to think over all those details. But in fact, when it came, when the situation actually happened, nothing came as a surprise to me. So that means I had foreseen almost all the possible details, not in full, not fully, but generally at least. And certainly, without that period of ten years, we wouldn't have won the victory. Had it not been for the previous defeat, we wouldn't have won the final victory. So, I would say that without the defeat of 1970 we wouldn't have had the victory of 1980.
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