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<em>"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."</em> <a href="/quote/140458">view quote</a> It would be hard to find anyone who doesn't know these 12 words by heart. Uttered by <a href="/quotes/author/Neil/Armstrong">Neil Armstrong</a> as he took his first step on the moon July 20, 1969, they are words that perfectly capture the significance of one of mankind's most amazing achievements. They were almost never uttered at all. First, <a href="/quotes/author/Neil/Armstrong">Neil</a> almost didn't make it into the space program. Though he was interested in the space program, he was late getting his application in. If it weren't for a coworker who slipped his application into the pile anyway, we may have never heard of <a href="/quotes/author/Neil/Armstrong">Neil Armstrong</a>. Fast forward to 1968. The year before he was to command the historic mission to the moon, Neil was almost killed in a training accident. In an effort to simulate a landing on the surface, Bell Aircraft created the Flying Bedstead, an odd, unstable craft that roughly simulated the one-sixth gravity of the moon. Just a hundred feet off the ground the Bedstead suddenly went out of control. Neil barely had enough time to eject before the vehicle exploded into the ground. After his historic mission, Neil virtually disappeared from public view. Or so it seems. There were all sorts of rumors about his reclusiveness. But the truth of the matter is, Neil simply returned to a normal, civilian life. After resigning from NASA, he took a position at the University of Cincinnati, serving as a Professor of Aerospace Engineering. He resigned in 1979, but continued to serve on various corporate boards, including LearJet, Thiokol, Marathon Oil and United Airlines. Neil is still very private, rarely making public appearances and refusing to sign autographs. <em>"I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks but for the ledger of our daily work,&quot;</em> he said in a 2005 interview for 60 minutes, ever the humble, down to earth engineer that he is. Fitting for a man who also <a href="/quote/1381322">once said</a>, <em>"I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine."</em> One can only wonder if this quote we should all remember of Neil's. While the odds are slim that any of us will walk on the moon any time soon, we can certainly live life to its fullest right here on earth. <a href="/quotes/author/Neil/Armstrong">Neil Armstrong quotes</a>.
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&quot;Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.&quot; <a href="/quotes/author/Marilyn/Monroe">Marilyn Monroe's Quotes</a> - One of the most enduring sex symbols of our time, Marilyn Monroe continues to capture our imagination decades later. Michelle Williams was nominated for her portrayal of Monroe in My Week With Marilyn by the Oscars and Megan Hilty channels her every Monday night on the television hit, SMASH. If only Monroe's own life had been that glamorous or fulfilling. She had trained under famed acting coach Lee Strasberg and was extremely serious about her craft. But her legion of fans continued to demand she appear in roles that were really beneath her abilities and studios, anxious to make a buck, were only too happy to oblige. After a series of dumb blond B movie roles, she finally broke into the big time in <em>Gentlemen Prefer Blondes</em> and <em>How to Marry a Millionaire.</em> Sadly, her attempts at being cast in serious roles were largely ignored by casting directors. She was too valuable to the studios in comedies and The Misfits, Clark Gable's last film, was the closest she would come to the serious dramatic role she so coveted. Her last role was as Ellen Wagstaff Arden in Something's Got to Give. She was fired from the movie and it was never completed. The price on her own soul too great, she died of a drug overdose a couple weeks later.
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<em>&ldquo;In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.&rdquo;</em>from <a href="/quote/1374389">Shakespeare's quotes</a>? While the last sentence may be familiar, the origins of the quote are less known. If you&rsquo;ve been wondering where it came from, it was penned by old <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">William Shakespeare himself</a>. Somewhere around 1601, Shakespeare wrote <em>Twelfth Night</em>. It was written for the holiday season supposedly, performed in February 1602 at the end of Candlemas. A comedy about Viola, a cross-dressing, poetry-loving girl caught in a love triangle, Twelfth Night was one of Shakespeare&rsquo;s most popular plays at the time, even though critics called its themes wicked, scandalous and sinful. Though thought quite tame by today&rsquo;s standards, Twelfth Night is still one of Shakespeare&rsquo;s most beloved works. It&rsquo;s thought that the scene in which this Shakespeare quote appears ? Act II, Scene 5 ? was inspired by real life events the year before. It seems there was a landowner in the region who had sued his neighbors for inviting themselves into his home, drinking, playing cards and mocking his religion. Sir Thomas Hoby was awarded damages in the case. In the play, the steward in the house interrupts sir Toby&rsquo;s own drunken revelry to read a letter from one of the household&rsquo;s ladies in waiting, Maria. This is the source of this famous Shakespeare quote.
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<em>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.&rdquo; </em><a href="/quotes/author/Bob/Marley">Bob Marley Quotes</a> Any fan of <strong>Bob Marley</strong> knows this line from the song <em>Three Little Birds</em>. In just a few lines it captures the very essence of life in the Caribbean where everything moves at a snail&rsquo;s pace, change is something to be considered in due course, and islanders buy expensive watches so they can see how late they are. Marley&rsquo;s fame continues on today, of course, even though he died in 1981. Responsible for the popularity of reggae beyond the shores of his native Jamaica, Marley was a symbol of the Rastafarian movement and a preacher of world peace and harmony. The inspiration for the lyrics of Three Little Birds is shrouded in mystery. One of Marley&rsquo;s friends maintains that the song really is about three little birds that used to frequent his home. <em>&ldquo;Bob got inspired by a lot of things around him,&rdquo;</em> he once said. &ldquo;<em>I remember the three little birds. They were pretty birds, canaries, who would come by the windowsill at Hope Road.&rdquo;</em> It&rsquo;s a great story about what inspired the song, but the members of I Threes, remember it differently. Performing on the same shows as Marley, three of its female singers said that he referred to them as his three little birds. After multiple encores, he supposedly asked his three little birds if he should do another. Regardless of their origins, these words from Three Little Birds are still some of Marleys&rsquo; best-known lyrics.
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<em>&ldquo;Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you&rsquo;ll find one at the end of your arm... As you grow older you&rsquo;ll discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.&rdquo;</em> <a href="/quotes/author/Audrey/Hepburn">Audrey Heburn Quote</a> When it comes to giving others a helping hand, few could argue that actress Audrey Hepburn was an octopus. With 25 films to her credit, including Sabrina, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany&rsquo;s, Hepburn is one of those rare Hollywood stars whose work off screen shines just as brightly as her dazzling portrayals of Eliza Doolittle and Holly Golightly. Hepburn considered her work with children to be her best role. She served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF International saying, &ldquo;I speak for those children who cannot speak for themselves, children who have absolutely nothing but their courage and their smiles, their wits and their dreams.&rdquo; The year after hear death in 1993, the Audrey Hepburn Children&rsquo;s Fund was established, a non-profit organization that answered appeals for aid to help ill-treated and suffering children worldwide. Over the years the foundation has provided funding for childhood education in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Rwanda as well as funding to treat physically and emotionally abused children. During her lifetime, Hepburn never stopped caring about the world&rsquo;s children, regularly touring strife torn and poverty-stricken nations to ensure a ready supply of vaccines and healthcare to children in need. Hepburn was honored in 1992 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work by <a href="/quotes/author/George+W./Bush">President George H.W. Bush</a>. Her legacy as one of Hollywood&rsquo;s most legendary actresses is only matched by her legacy of providing humanitarian aid wherever she saw children suffering.
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<em>&ldquo;It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.&rdquo;</em></a> <a href="/quotes/author/Mark/Twain">Mark Twain </a>was not only one of America&rsquo;s most gifted writers and humorists, but one of the country&rsquo;s most popular speakers. Wherever Twain gave a lecture, akin to doing stand-up comedy today, he played to standing room only audiences. Twain played in all the best venues of his day too, including the Author&rsquo;s Club, Beefsteak Club and London&rsquo;s Savage Club, which made him an honorary member. When he was told that only three men had received the honor, including the Prince of Wales, he famously replied, &ldquo;Well it must make the Prince feel mighty fine.&rdquo; Ever one to dazzle his audience with his wit, Twain once addressed an audience in Vienna in German. His topic: Die Schrecken der Deutschen Sprache, which translates as &ldquo;The Horrors of the German Language.&rdquo; Never one to be a good custodian of his money, Twain had to lecture to pay off his debts in later years. He deplored the rigors of being on the road, dreading the tedium of travel and a having to live out of suitcases and steamer trunks. He is said to have preferred introducing himself when speaking, which greatly disappointed the dignitaries who would fight over the honor before his arrival. Twain would take the stage, introduce himself in one voice, and then change back to himself, diving right into his lecture to the delight of the audience.
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&quot;Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you.&quot; Jack LaLanne would know a thing about being a slave to his body rather than the other way around. Before he became a fitness icon - long before there was ever a Richard Simmons, LaLanne conquered his own addiction to sugar and junk food as a boy. He claimed to have a bad temper because of it, suffering from behavioral problems as a &quot;junkie&quot; and &quot;sugarholic.&quot; Exercise turned his life around as did the death of his father at the young age of 58, the victim of a life of poor nutrition. <br> Those who grew up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s remember waking up to LaLanne every morning. His television show, The Jack LaLanne Show, debuted in 1951 in San Francisco and found a national audience when ABC picked him up in 1959. Suddenly, millions were tuning in to the &quot;godfather of fitness&quot; and his messages of health and wellness, including his famous Jack LaLanne quote, &quot;Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you.&quot; Who didn't love LaLanne's show, which was known for its minimalist sets. In his trademark jumpsuit, he'd show everyone at home how to use ordinary furnishings to exercise. His wife joined him in doing the exercises so women could see that exercise wouldn't make them muscular. And next time you want a stumper in trivia, ask what was the name of LaLanne's dog. It was Happy, though Walter (We All Love To Exercise Regularly) appeared in later years.
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<p><a href="/quote/748399"> &quot;The Almighty has His own purposes.&quot;</a>How little did <a href="/quotes/author/Abraham/Lincoln">President Abraham Lincoln</a> know that these words in his Second Inaugural Address would be so prophetic as well as haunting. Lincoln delivered the address on March 4, 1865. Forty-five days later, he would be dead, the victim of an assassin's bullet. With a Civil War victory just days away and the end of slavery in sight, Lincoln chose to make his address somber rather than victorious. He asked that the South not be treated harshly in the aftermath of war and the beginning of reunification and reconstruction. Just 701 words long, his address was the second shortest in history. The complete passage for this quote was actually: &quot;<em>It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.</em>&quot; During the speech, he invoked God's name 14 times, quoted from the Bible four times and three times he asked for prayer. If you're visiting Washington D.C., the entire speech is inscribed on the Lincoln Memorial along with the Gettysburg Address. Watching his inaugural address that day were John Suratt, Edmund Spangler, George Atzerodt, Lewis Paine and David Herold. They were in the company of actor and co-conspirator, John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's killer.
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<a href="/quote/2216514">&quot;Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.&quot;</a> Theologian, philosopher and physician <a href="/quotes/author/Albert/Schweitzer">Albert Schweitzer</a> knew quite a bit about success and being successful. He followed his passions throughout his life, including a trek to Africa to serve as a doctor of medicine to those most in need. His wife, who had trained as a nurse, set out with him to what was then French Equatorial Africa, better known today as Gabon. The year was 1917. Schweitzer had only become a doctor four years earlier, but his desire to become a mission doctor was strong. On his arrival on the banks of the Ogowe River, he built a hospital and equipped it using his own money. He was arrested as an enemy alien of Germany and briefly interned as a prisoner of war during World War I. Released a year later, he turned his attention to his philosophy of reverence for all life, which he believed was central to the survival of civilization. His seminal work, Philosophy of Civilization, was completed in 1923. Many of Albert Schweitzer quotes are well known today, but perhaps not known as widely as <a href="/quote/2216514">&quot;Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.&quot;</a> He eventually returned to Africa, by the way, as well as the hospital he had founded. It had moved two miles up river, but was still carrying on the important work Dr. Schweitzer had begun years before.
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<a href="/quote/39225">"Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire, burn, and cauldron bubble."</a> When we think of witches, we inevitably think of this line. While one would think it came from one of Disney's cartoons or feature films, it was actually the work of <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">William Shakespeare</a>. You will find this <a href="/quote/39225">quote</a>,<em> "Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire, burn, and cauldron bubble,"</em> in the fourth act of <em>Macbeth</em>. Three witches open the scene, creating a diabolical brew in their cauldron, and then casting a spell. As each witch adds an ingredient, she calls it out in one of the lines that precede and follow this famous line. If you're looking to whip up your own spell, here's some of the recipe: Round about the cauldron go; In the poisoned entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone, Days and nights has thirty-one, Sweltered venom sleeping got, Boil thou first I'th' charmed pot. If you don't have a charmed pot, you may be out of luck. Williams and Sonoma doesn't carry them. It's also tough to find fenny snake, wool of bat and blind-worm's sting, though eye of newt and toe of frog can probably be ordered off Amazon. So, what does this recipe whip up? According to Shakespeare's play, Macbeth needs to see into the future and this little witch's brew brings forth a series of apparitions that give him the answers he seeks. And no, we're not going to tell you the answers. You'll have to read Macbeth.
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<a href="/quote/25217">&quot;If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up.&quot;</a> According to <a href="/quotes/author/Dr./Seuss">Theodor Seuss Geisel</a>, his name rhymes with voice, not loose. Given his gift of rhyme, we guess he should know. The author of 44 children's books and the creator of countless characters, it's hard to believe that <a href="/quotes/author/Dr./Seuss">Dr. Seuss</a> would refuse to attend a party where the Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Loraxes, Sneetches and the Grinch were in attendance. In fact, this quote sounds as if it should have been uttered by the Grinch himself. Though a household name today and author of some of the most beloved children's books ever created, his books were initially rejected by publishers. In fact, &quot;And to Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street&quot;, his first, was allegedly turned down 28 times before Random House wisely picked it up. It's a good thing that Dr. Seuss didn't give up on this 27th try, or we would never be able to delight in his brilliant stories, which were originally thought to be too outlandish to appeal to children. Instead, Geisel would have been left to soldier on in advertising, creating campaigns for Standard Oil. The oil industry's loss was definitely our gain, though it's intriguing to wonder if his fantabulous Voom could have cleaned up the Gulf Oil Spill as easily as it did the backyard in &quot;The Cat In The Hat Comes Back.&quot;
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<a href="/quote/1411093">&quot;I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything."</a> Those words couldn't ring truer for <a href="/quotes/author//Eminem">Marshall Bruce Mathers III</a>, or <a href="/quotes/author//Eminem">Eminem</a> to his many fans. Growing up in Michigan, Eminem never knew his father, who abandoned the family when Eminem was just an infant. Trying to raise a family on her own, his mother Debbie held odd jobs here and there, leading to an itinerant existence where the family moved from Missouri to Detroit and back again. Switching schools, sometimes two or three times a year, left <a href="/quotes/author//Eminem">Eminem </a>with no close friends and he was often beaten up, bullied and ostracized. He failed the ninth grade three times and finally dropped out at the age of 17. Though he didn't have a high school diploma to show for it, he did have a gift for language. He began to express his anger through hip-hop and then gangster rap. His lyrics often talk about his growing up poor white trash, accusing his mother in his songs of child and drug abuse. Breaking into the music business as a white kid performing then predominantly black music looked like an uphill battle, but his self-produced album ended up in <a href="/quotes/author/Dr./Dre">Dr. Dre's</a> hands, who produced his first record, the chart topping Slim Shady. He has since gone on to become a major force in the music business and even tried his hand in the movies, starring in 8 Mile, a biopic about his life.
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The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help you are freed.
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<a href="/quote/2223041">"The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help you are freed."</a> <a href="/quotes/author//Buddha">Buddha</a> should know. Born into the lap of luxury as a member of the royal family in India, Buddha left his posh existence and everything he had come to know at the age of 29 to search for the true meaning of life. Seeking and finally attaining Enlightenment in Gaya under the Bodhi tree, Buddha spent the balance of his life traveling the countryside, preaching so that others could follow the same path, one that uncovers the true nature and essence of life. For more than 45 years <a href="/quotes/author//Buddha">Buddha</a> traveled the far reaches of the Gangetic Plain in what is now southern Nepal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, teaching anyone who he came across, from the nobles to the outcasts and street dwellers. In contrast to the caste system in place with Hinduism, Buddha's teachings had no hierarchy - all were equal and all could achieve Enlightenment through meditation, reflection and other techniques. Buddhism is the fourth largest religion today, with more than 376 million followers worldwide, including such luminaries as <a href="/quotes/author/Richard/Gere">Richard Gere</a>, <a href="/quotes/author/Steven/Seagal">Steven Seagal</a>, <a href="/quotes/author/Kate/Bosworth">Kate Bosworth</a>, <a href="/quotes/author/Tina/Turner">Tina Turner</a>, <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs</a>, <a href="/quotes/author/Orlando/Bloom">Orlando Bloom</a> and the <a href="Dali Lama">Dali Lama</a>. The followers of Buddhism do not worship any God and follow the noble eightfold path to a meaningful existence: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration. Right View and Right Intention are the path of wisdom. Right Speech, Rich Action and Right Livelihood form the path of ethical conduct. Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration are the mental path that helps followers cut through delusion and attain Enlightenment.
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<a href="/quote/1366739">"Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly."</a> Having lost his own son in infancy,<a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson"> Thomas Jefferson</a> looked upon his sister's child, Peter Carr, as his own. He invested heavily in his nephew, going so far as to ask <a href="/quotes/author/James/Madison">James Madison</a> to be the boy's preceptor during Jefferson's diplomatic mission to France. Not totally trusting Madison or George Wythe to instill the proper level of morality and manners Jefferson believed his nephew in need of, he penned a steady stream of letters to Peter. <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Jefferson wrote on all manner of subjects</a>, from leadership and studies to books Peter should read and the fact that he should master math and science. Jefferson often included books in his shipments to young Peter. In the area of morality, Thomas Jefferson quotes offered these little gems in his letters, &quot;lose no occasion of exercising your dispositions to be grateful, to be generous, to be charitable, to be humane, to be true, just, firm, orderly, courageous, etc." As a moral test, Jefferson told Peter, <a href="/quote/1366739">"Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly."</a> It's a good thing young Peter didn't have a Facebook account, though many of us could use this same advice as a guide in our own lives online.
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He Couldn't Just Send Them a Card <a href="/quote/64001">&quot;I have built my organization upon fear.&quot;</a> St. Valentine's Day should have been just like every other day for members of the Bugs Moran gang. They were meeting at the SMC Cartage warehouse, supposedly to pick up some bootleg whiskey, but it was a set up. The cops arrived, apparently intending to bust the bootleggers. Instead, they opened fire on the seven gang members with machine guns, continuing to fire even as the men fell to the floor, dead. It was the work of Al Capone, rival gang member who thought he had killed his rival, Moran. <a href="/quote/64001">&quot;I have built my organization upon fear,&quot;</a> a famous <a href="/quotes/author/Al/Capone">Al Capone quote,</a> and he wasn't mincing words. Unfortunately, he didn't get Moran, only some of his lieutenants. Moran was late to the party and had seen the police car pull up to the warehouse. He and a few other thugs turned and hightailed it out of there, heading for safety at a nearby coffee shop. Capone couldn't have predicted the public outrage over the murders, which was quickly dubbed the<strong> St. Valentine's Day Massacre</strong> by the media. Though the investigation was frustrated by a lack of evidence, something that could implicate Capone, the hit got the attention of the federal government, who finally began their own investigation. Capone could hear the footsteps approaching. Two years later, he was convicted of income tax invasion and got 10 years in the state pen plus an additional year in county jail for attempted jury tampering. One of America's most wanted criminals was brought down not by his desire to control his organization or territory, but because he didn't pay his taxes.
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Though known as a member of the famous <a href="/quotes/keyword/Marx+Brothers">Marx Brothers</a> and later the host of television's You Bet Your Life, <a href="/quotes/author/Groucho/Marx">Groucho Marx</a> actually considered himself a writer first, and a comedian second. That would make sense, given his remarkable ability to twist a phrase, as evidenced in this <strong>Groucho Marx quote</strong>, <a href="/quote/789196">"Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere."</a> Few realize the breadth of his body of written works, however. In the early part of his career, his pieces were printed in College Humor and even The New Yorker. Some of them used his stage name, others were signed <a href="/quotes/author/Groucho/Marx">Julius H. Marx</a>, his given name. All of them were hilariously funny to read, even today. Thankfully, most of his work has been saved, including letters he wrote to other actors and actresses and speeches he gave at colleges and other venues over the five decades he was a star. Of course, Marx didn't think of himself as a star. He preferred to keep in the company of writers. He moved in some pretty big writing circles too, even having been a houseguest of writer pal <a href="/quotes/author/T.S./Eliot">T.S. Eliot</a>. He was once said to remark that he'd rather be known as an author and remembered for his writing than every thing else he had done in his career. In many respects, his wish to be remembered as a writer came true. In the 1960s, his letters to and from friends were added to the Library of Congress so that future generations could discover his mastery as a writer. Not bad for a self-educated man who dropped out of school in the 9th grade.
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