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"I'm just like any other politician in the race-I take my pants off one leg at a time."
"He said he's always between the Hamptons and Manhattan. It turns out he means Babylon, Long Island."
'It's a social-climbing wall.'
Death's Humble Origins
Pedro Castillo never forgot his humble beginnings in catering.
"I could never vote for somebody who's never had to make his own liquor."
"That's the shoestring I started with. It was tied around 100 million dollars worth of stocks and bonds."
"I went to college knowing I wanted to be an astronaut. My parents had only a third-grade education. But they were good teachers. They taught me the importance of hard work...of perseverance...of not being afraid to dream."
"Every summer, we worked long and hard under the hot sun to earn money."
"I didn't learn to speak English until I was 12. But I knew I had to do well in school."
"My name is Jose Hernandez, and my story begins when my parents moved from Mexico to the United States to work the fields. I would find my own special calling."
"Sometimes you're in a place you don't particularly like. But there is a way out. For me, it was school. An education. My name is Jose Hernandez. I used to be a farm worker. Today, I am an astronaut."
"As the youngest kid in my family, I had a special job. Especially when astronauts landed on the moon."
"Papi, if I'm gonna be a rags-to-riches story...you need to bring this whole 'success' thing down a notch or two."