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Whoopi Goldberg

Actress and Activist

Whoopi Goldberg: Come on! Come on! You know, be an actor because you love to act. Don't be an actor because you think you're going to get famous, because that's luck. But if it's what you want to do with your whole heart and soul, come on. Go everywhere, learn everything. Learn Shakespeare. Shakespeare is great fun. Don't be thrown by the words. The words are the same words that we use with a little different implementation. Write things for yourself. Come on, it's a great way to spend time. It's a great way to learn history. It's a great way to learn all kinds of things. But only come if you're coming to play. If you're not coming to play, you should get another gig to supplement your acting.
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Daniel Goldin

Space Exploration

Daniel Goldin: My father has had an incredible -- I said "had." He died recently. He was a major force in my life. He had an incredible drive for me because he didn't have the success in his life that he had dreamed of, and he exposed me to science. But, most of all he exposed me to the stars. He took me to the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History. I could see the tapes in my mind playing in color the day I went to the Hayden Planetarium, and they turned on that star machine and I looked up and they showed our own galaxy. It was breathtaking, and I remember this at seven years old. And I remember talking to my father and I was saying, "How can we go there? I want to go there."
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Daniel Goldin

Space Exploration

I think it's very dangerous for young people to set unrealistic goals because then you have an excuse for failure and you can say, "It's okay that I live in mediocrity because I didn't achieve my goal." But, if you set a goal that's unachievable, you're leading yourself down a very bad direction. Very, very bad. So success must be defined. A dream must be laid down. A determination and inner strength must be there. And, in my case, making a contribution -- taking America to the moon, to Mars and the stars, even as one small piece -- is my definition of success. And I believe I could do that. I know I could do that.
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

I really began wondering whether or not I should pursue a military career. I realized as I was taking some of my history courses and political science courses at the Academy, this was something that I had more of an interest in. And so I thought about applying to a school, Rice University in Houston, and this was a school I did used to dream about attending when I was a small boy, because when I was 12 and 13, I got a job selling soft drinks at their football games, Rice University football games. And I would watch the students stroll back to the campus, their dorm, and I would dream about what it would be like to be a student there. But that was it, it was just a dream. But when I was at the Academy and began thinking about my future, I sort of put it in God's hands and applied to transfer to one school, and that was Rice. And if I got accepted, then I knew it was meant to be to go back home to Houston and maybe pursue a career in law, and if I wasn't accepted, then I would stay at the Academy -- and hopefully at the time, I was very interested in becoming a fighter pilot -- and so I was accepted, and then I transferred to Rice University.
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

I remember once when I was campaigning to remain on the Texas Supreme Court, this was in 2000 -- and I was being interviewed by the Houston Chronicle (editorial) board, and they asked me, "Why in the world are you doing this? Why did you even go into public service? You were at Vincent and Elkins, you were doing great, and now you're out here having to ask for our endorsement in order to remain on the bench for a salary that's well beneath what you were earning before." And I told the story that if you go into the office of the Texas Secretary of State, there is this lobby, and on the walls are the pictures of all of the former secretaries of state, and I said, "You know, at some point in time, my children's' children and their children are going to be able to walk into that office, and they will never have known me, but they'll know that their grandfather or great-grandfather was the Secretary of State," and I said that was important for me. Not because it's important to be remembered, but I think it's important to make a difference in one's life and to make a mark. And so if I can do something to have shown that I made a difference, that I made a mark in the history of this world, to me, that's important. That's good stuff.
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

Well, primarily, I would love to be remembered as a good husband, a loving father. You know, I want to be a successful Attorney General. It's too great an opportunity to squander. It would be a shame to be given this position with these authorities and not do something pretty terrific for our country. Our President, during our second cabinet meeting, told his cabinet that he didn't want us to play little ball. He wanted us to play big ball, to do great things, to be bold, and that's what I intend to do. We're here to do something, to leave a mark, and I hope to do that as Attorney General.
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