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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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Lenny Wilkens

Basketball Hall of Fame

Players have to understand what their roles are, how they fit in, you know. I think that you have to learn to communicate with people, and I think that respect is a two-way street. If you want it, you've got to give it. I felt like if you show someone how to have success, they want more of it. You know? So find ways to help people. I felt if you put yourself on a pedestal as a coach and if you're not reachable, touchable, how can you communicate then? So these are things I believed in, and so I tried to implement those things with the guys. I tried to be consistent, so they always knew where I was coming from and what I stood for. I wasn't going to say one thing and do another thing. And so, I felt that these principles really worked, and they bought into them, and we became a very good team.
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Lenny Wilkens

Basketball Hall of Fame

There was a book that came out and I thought was a terrible, terrible book. Winning Through Intimidation or something like that. Intimidation doesn't last very long. All right? So what you have to do is build confidence in people. Show people how to have success and then you can push their expectations up. At least, like you say, I let my players know I believe that they could achieve this and I set goals for them. Now, I set individual goals. I set team goals. I set intermediate goals, so that as soon as we achieve this one we can move to the next one. And so, yes, I have high expectations of them. I let them know that I believe that they can succeed, and I'm going to be there to help them.
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Lenny Wilkens

Basketball Hall of Fame

We should never discourage young people from dreaming dreams. We all should have our dreams and dream them. Okay. But also see what surrounds it if you love professional sports, if you love the professional athlete. Now what are the things that surround him or her? There's the coach. There's the trainer. There's the team doctor, whether it's an orthopedic or internist or dentist or ophthalmologist. There's the advertising department, the marketing department, media relations department. There's a promotions department. There's ownership, general manager. So let your scope be here, okay. And if I'm shooting to be the professional athlete, and I learn all about professional sports, and I don't make it -- Boom! I'm over here. I'm still associated with the sport. So I tell young people, "Don't narrow your dream to here. Let your dream grow, and just broaden it."
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