"So when you do your family tree and Margaret Cho does hers, and... Wanda Sykes and John Legend... we're adding to the database that scholars can then draw from to generalize about the complexity of the American experience. And that's the contribution that family trees make to broader scholarship."
"Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference."
"I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success."
"Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war."
"There are some amazing stories from all over this country, where people's work and contribution has been acknowledged. To be part of that is an absolutely fantastic feeling."
"Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment."
"As long as you have a system that is based on the rational that if you are making money you are thereby making a contribution to society, these financial rogue practices will continue."
"I am in the process of trying to decide whether I can make a substantive and productive contribution to the policy-making process. I was always there because I wanted to work on the pressing issues of the day - I'm interested in energy, I'm interested in the climate bill and technology policy."
"I get up at an unholy hour in the morning my work day is completed by the time the sun rises. I have a slightly bad back which has made an enormous contribution to American literature."
"My contribution I hope is to get people to eat full-flavored food. If I could come away with that alone, that would be a fantastic accomplishment. I'm also very proud of being a very American chef."