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Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way. Noam Chomsky, activist
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Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life. Donald Rumsfeld, politician
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The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom. Ed Miliband, politician
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It's challenging to find an identity as a young person if you don't have the sustenance of love, because you're being shipped around. Mary J. Blige, musician
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That's one of the magical things about the Olympics, Team GB will have someone challenging in a sport that we've never watched and all of a sudden it'll be the biggest thing ever. Gary Lineker, athlete
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The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun. Benedict Cumberbatch, actor
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Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in. Alan Alda, actor
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Doing these parts is not fun. It's challenging, but no fun. It's creepy. I would rather play the guy that throws the touchdown pass and gets carried off the field. Alec Baldwin, actor
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I found it to be more challenging to be in a huge effects movie, because a lot of the things aren't there.You have to trust the director and react to nothing. Katie Holmes, actress
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Challenging the integrity of the non-proliferation regime is a matter which can affect international peace and security. Mohamed ElBaradei, scientist
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These are challenging times for all Americans. We face the specter of war abroad and a steady stream of bad economic news at home. Robert Matsui, politician
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Don't forget we are in a state of war and no peace. But it's very dynamic and challenging compared to the rest of the Arab world. Walid Jumblatt, politician
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Nothing is so threatening to conventional values as a man who does not want to work or does not want to work at a challenging job, and most people are disturbed if a man in a well- paying job indicates ambivalence or dislike toward it. Alice S. Rossi, activist
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The challenging thing is that we go home after doing the run-through and the writers stay there working, so sometimes I get script changes delivered to me at midnight. It's constantly shifting. Jillian Bach, actress
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Books are challenging and inspirational to me. Amy Sedaris, actress
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Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances, I consider my life to be immeasurably rich. Sonia Sotomayor, judge
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I can say, hands down, 'Annapolis' is the most challenging film I've ever taken on. Tyrese Gibson, actor
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Our biggest goal is to continue to force ourselves to always start our creative work on a white page and not take advantage of past successes and challenging ourselves. Guy Laliberte, businessman
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If I had to choose criteria, for me, it's about first the director. I want to be a part of something that's good and intellectually challenging. After the director it's the character and the story. That's the deal for me. Giovanni Ribisi, actor
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I think acting is definitely the most fulfilling, because it's the most challenging in my mind. Estella Warren, model
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I had a really kind of yucky divorce and it was really challenging to get over that. Ricki Lake, entertainer
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Based on all criteria - military power, economic influence, cultural dominance - America remains number one, even though other, new players are increasingly challenging it in that role. Robert Kagan, writer
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Being an astronaut is a wonderful career. I feel very privileged. But what I really hope for young people is that they find a career they're passionate about, something that's challenging and worthwhile. Ellen Ochoa, astronaut
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It definitely gets challenging at times. I travel a lot more now, and its never easy having to leave the kids, even if its for a few days. Peter Facinelli, actor
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It was very, very challenging being on this thing called the gimbal. It would throw you around, give you whiplash, and they'd tie you down. Emile Hirsch, actor
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I've always been really cautious about guys who have a Winnie Cooper fantasy, and I'm so glad about that. I mean, I can count on one hand the guys I've been with. It was really challenging, but I never gave it up too soon, if you know what I mean. Danica McKellar, actress
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The changing economic situation, the changing global market means it is understandable that employers are constantly raising the bar. It is challenging the education system to come up with ever higher standards to meet the expectation of employers. Jim Knight, politician
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People are consuming more than ever, but I think they want a bit of honesty and depth. Adele, Gotye, Janelle Monae - they're giving you a catchy song, but it's also a challenging song at the same time. Kimbra, musician
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I like challenging people. I love pop music that can just throw you off. Kimbra, musician
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It's the best thing in the world, the most challenging thing in the world, being a parent, and one of the first lessons I learned was to ask for help. Kerri Walsh, athlete
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I'm not a dark person at all, so those roles are the most challenging. I don't think I'm necessarily drawn to dark things. It just seems to work out that way. Camilla Belle, actress
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Challenging leaders is as American as it gets. Rick Santelli, journalist
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I still really love acting. I find it really challenging. And I really love film; it's a lot of fun. Steve Zahn, actor
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I'd make a White Stripes record right now. I'd be in the White Stripes for the rest of my life. That band is the most challenging, important, fulfilling thing ever to happen to me. I wish it was still here. It's something I really, really miss. Jack White, musician
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Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul? Richard Corliss, writer
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I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it. Rose Kennedy, author
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All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. Robert Kennedy, politician
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These are challenging times at home and around the world. We will have to work together in a bipartisan spirit and with our international partners if we are going to achieve progress and peace now and for future generations. Susan Collins, politician
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When you're bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides. Walter Cronkite, journalist
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I just like to keep challenging myself, keep it varied. It's a craft, and I'm constantly trying to learn and get better at it. Clive Owen, actor
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We were talking about the kissing in the movie just recently. Clearly, it's pretty challenging material, but Ang said two men herding sheep was far more sexual than two men having sex on screen. Jake Gyllenhaal, actor
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Fun wouldn't be the right word... it was the most difficult, challenging, physical, extraordinary stretch I've ever had to make, in all those wild regards. Uma Thurman, actress
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The biggest challenge for everybody to realize out there is that we're in a very complicated business world and that were all under one umbrella and it's very challenging for everybody to figure out where the priorities lie and where the loyalties lie. Scott Bakula, actor
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It is quite annoying that we have to change the sound we invented just to avoid sounding like people who simply copy us, but... it is flattering and of course challenging. Jonathan Davis, musician
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Since I'm a mother and a wife, I have to have passion or the frustration would win out. But I love managing people. The product is second to managing the people. And marketing to consumers is so challenging because it is evolving constantly. Andrea Jung, businesswoman
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We were playing, not for the drunks, but for the musicians, because it was more intellectually challenging. We needed somewhere to put our energy to show that we were growing, and as we started to achieve this, people came to hear us musically. Ronnie Hawkins, musician
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If I stay alert, then I can challenge myself, and by challenging myself, that helps me to stay alive and to hopefully take something away from the experience. Thomas Jane, actor
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I tell young people to prepare themselves as best they can for a world that grows more challenging every day-get the best education they can, and couple that education with real-life experience in social justice work. Julian Bond, activist
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To be able to make a good living in a challenging medium like soap operas is great. The best is that I get to act and am rewarded for it. And the people I work with are great. Funny, intelligent, hard working. They're all great to be around. David Canary, actor
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Doing that hunt scene was really quite demanding. I actually broke a rib during that scene. And then all the scenes after that became quite challenging, just breathing and laughing. Guy Pearce, actor
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Movies are usually difficult, often insane, constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make. Yahoo Serious, director
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Well, number one I like dancing. Number two I knew it would be challenging because I had never done this type of dance before. I always wanted to and I happened to have the courage to go out there and give it my best shot. Evander Holyfield, athlete
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I write when the urge hits me, getting the words down as fast as I can type and then I step back from what I just wrote and start a dialectical process where I begin challenging my own writing. Donald McKay, designer
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I did this role in Life Goes On as an HIV positive character and so emotionally that was the most challenging. Chad Lowe, actor
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Restoration I did because I really loved e novel and I like Michael Hoffman, who directed it, but it wasn't a really challenging part for me. I'm not critical of the film: I just don't think I gave a very interesting performance. David Thewlis, actor
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I think all women should learn how to strip. It's a really healthy, extremely challenging thing to do. Sandra Oh, actress
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People know that they're going to see something which is entertaining but challenging as well because of the form it's in. It's dance theatre and it requires you to use your imagination - it's not straight forward. Matthew Bourne, dancer
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The most challenging part of being a boss is that nobody will tell you if your work is suffering. Bill Williams, celebrity
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Running on different types of racetracks is challenging - not only for the drivers, but even more for the team members who have to make adjustments to the cars before each race. Michael Andretti, athlete
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It's challenging, but you have to at least try to eat right and exercise. Joely Fisher, actress
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I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future. Andrew Wiles, mathematician
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I enjoy what I do, but it's more challenging than people think. Morris Chestnut, actor
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I would like more challenging roles. I definitely would like to something that's more challenging. Morris Chestnut, actor
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Taking on challenging projects is the way that one grows and extends one's range as a writer, one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent. Donna Tartt, novelist
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Challenging unfairly subsidized products, fighting counterfeit goods and intellectual property theft and holding countries accountable for an unfair currency regime will help American companies remain competitive. Virginia Foxx, politician
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Comedy and drama are both challenging to me. Nicholas Lea, actor
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If your kids attend school and grades are up that will make $1,000 contributions to some 10,000 kids across the country, are challenging kids to learn foreign languages or challenging kids to get summer jobs or seek summer enrichment opportunities? Harold Ford, politician
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I've worked with some incredibly difficult directors but my understanding is that a lot of the best people are driven from a place of being extremely challenging and dark within their way. Josh Lucas, actor
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Both Chelsea and Manchester United will be challenging for the Premiership title next season. Roy Evans, athlete
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To expect the world to receive a new truth, or even an old truth, without challenging it, is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur. Alfred Russel Wallace, scientist
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We must be willing to pay inspiring math and science teachers, who have high paying alternatives in industry, more to teach and reward students who take more challenging courses in high school. Mark Kennedy, politician
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I love directing - it's always so involving, so challenging. Stanley Tucci, actor
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Why write for the orchestra? For one thing it's a very challenging problem. Elliott Carter, composer
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If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it. Joel Coen, director
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I've been delighted by Cannes and Toronto but I keep saying I don't know how good we're going to be received in America because that's where it's most challenging. William Hurt, actor
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A youthful American voice isn't particularly challenging - I've been a young American, and they're all around me. I can walk from my house to Barrington High School. Gene Wolfe, writer
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I enjoy playing other people. It's a great job and it's challenging. I couldn't do a desk job. Christopher Parker, actor
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In a perfect world, I could be doing some bigger films and balance that with some independent films because they seem to be the most challenging and unique. Sherilyn Fenn, actress
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That's the joy of art - it should be dangerous and challenging but it's just art - it's safe. Val Kilmer, actor
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Challenging snow is one of my favorite kinds of skiing, and I like being able to switch techniques at liberty. Paul Parker, athlete
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It turned out to be exactly that, but more challenging emotionally. I looked at it in a more physical way, having to act in a chair and move around. But it really was more emotionally challenging. Gregory Hines, actor
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I guess Species was a movie made for me and hence I bagged the role. In fact even when acting, I never thought the outcome would be so good which I think it was! The entire role was a challenge. I was to be this strange yet sexy thing which was challenging! Natasha Henstridge, actress
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Sean's movies are provocative and challenging without being slick. Robin Wright Penn, actress
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I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I've ever done. It's a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light. Galen Rowell, photographer
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Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible. Carol Moseley Braun, politician
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Each book has been different and has been challenging in its own way to write. Jean M. Auel, writer
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Over the last decade, at considerable cost to me in money and effort, confronted with ridicule and intimidation, I have brought more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the corruption in the election process in Tennessee. John Jay Hooker, businessman
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I had to do this very aggressive, big score in a very short time, and knowing that in the beginning, middle, and end would be this very, very famous theme, but I still had to weave a score around it and make it work as a score was really challenging. Danny Elfman, musician
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The first months at Harvard were more than challenging, as I came to the realization that the humanities could be genuinely interesting, and, in fact, given the weaknesses of my background, very difficult. Philip Warren Anderson, scientist
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No, most of the decisions that I make with regard to taking roles, I just look for something that's challenging, something that I think I can accomplish, you know. Terrence Howard, actor
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I like doing a challenging class because it makes me more brave in life. My perception of hardships is now completely different. I'm not whining and moaning inside as much. Ione Skye, actress
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In my career, there have been three things that were challenging: playing gay; playing a Jewish woman; and playing Chekhov. The scariest part was playing Chekhov! Bernadette Peters, actress
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Dreams have always expanded our understanding of reality by challenging our boundaries of the real, of the possible. Henry Reed, writer
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The School Energy Crisis Relief Act authorizes the Secretary of Energy to issue energy assistance grants to help the poorest school districts across the Nation offset these unexpected and challenging costs. Joe Baca, politician
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I feel fantastically excited that we have a leader who fought for the leadership without compromising his quite challenging view that the party has to change. Francis Maude, politician
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It's always challenging to go into a role. Jay Hernandez, actor
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Consumer electronics is a challenging one. Kevin Rollins, businessman
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