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"Tell me again, Dad, how you started in the mailroom."
"I came to this country with nothing but the hair on my back."
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Where does a self-made man get replacement parts?
"Now, now, Harrison, we all start somewhere."
"Everything I have, son, I have because your grandfather left it to me. I see now that that was a bad thing."
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"I'm self-taught. Unfortunately, I flunked the class."
"It was built from a scratch."
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It had been ten years since she kicked him out, but now that he was returning as a business owner, he hoped things would be different.
'I've come a long way from that alley, but I've never forgotten my roots.'
"I worked my way up from a goddamn steamboat - I am the American Dream."
"You're not the only one struggling. Trump had to struggle. He started out with a mere $1 million loan from his dad."
I dropped out of school to start a company listed on NASDAQ.
"That's the shoestring I started with. It was tied around 100 million dollars worth of stocks and bonds."
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'You have to admire the boss. All his ranting and posturing is self taught.'
"From a puppy mill to this - I've done pretty well for myself."
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'He's a self made man...unfortunately he's crap at it.'
"I've succeeded through brains, diligence, and I guess a little luck."
"If you're a self made man...why did you made yourself so short?"
"Okay, fine; a mostly self-made man."
"I started out on a molehill - What about you?"
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"I picked myself up by my own bootstraps. It's a mere coincidence that daddy owned the bootstrap company."
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'Arnie's a self-made man.'
'Mom says you're a self-made man, Grandpa. Why did you make yourself fat and bald?'