"I had no experience in politics, so I hadn't learned what I couldn't do. I realize now that was my greatest asset."
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
"Neither of us had preconceptions. Neither of us were trained for what really interested us."
James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA
"The world is full of amateurs: gifted amateurs, devoted amateurs."
E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize winner, naturalist, Harvard Research Professor
"In academic training, the critical faculty rates high, sometimes to the detriment of originality and creativity."
Alexander H. Leighton, Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry, Harvard University