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Sanford Weill

Financier and Philanthropist

Ownership gets people to think like owners, to think that the company is really theirs. Really good ideas and innovative ideas come from the bottoms of organizations -- not really the tops of organizations -- where people are dealing directly with the customers and really understand what the market wants, rather than dictating what the market wants, where people can see the silly things that the chairman may be doing, or whatever, that's wasting a lot of money and there might be a better way to do it.
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Tim D. White

Pioneering Paleoanthropologist

We can understand, by studies in developmental biology laboratories, about how hands grow to the shape that they've taken today. And when you look, for instance, at the hand of a human, we have these relatively short fingers and relatively long thumb. If you look at the hand of a chimpanzee, the fingers are much longer, the thumb is very much shorter. This is just because of development. The chimpanzee developmental biology is different from ours. And a lot of this goes back really right into biochemistry and right into genetics. So we live in very exciting times in biology, and the potential to apply these advances in biological knowledge to an interpretation of the fossil record, where we have an actual hand from 4.4 million years ago of a single individual. It's just mind-blowing. We're going to learn a tremendous amount about what that ancient world was like, due to these discoveries in Ethiopia, and discoveries in science in general.
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Elie Wiesel

Nobel Prize for Peace

My ambition really was, even as a child, to be a writer, a commentator, and a teacher, but a teacher of Talmud. And here I am. I'm a writer, for want of a better word, and I'm a teacher. I don't teach the same things. I don't write about the same things -- although I do write commentaries on the Bible, and on the Prophets, and the Talmud, and Hasidic Masters. But still, I am a writer and a teacher.
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Elie Wiesel

Nobel Prize for Peace

Sensitivity is inclusive, not exclusive. If you are sensitive, you are sensitive to everything. You cannot say I am only sensitive to this person but not to others. That is not only counterproductive, it's self-defeating. It's not only because of religion, or because of social problems, or of medical problems, that you must be sensitive. There is nothing more exciting for a person than to be a sensitive person. Because then you listen, and you go out and you hear the birds chirping and it's great. You see a person in the street, you do not know his face and you think, "Who knows what secret that person carries?" Which means you learn and you learn and you learn and you become enriched to a point that afterwards it overflows.
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