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  • At the end of the day, the circumstances of your life-- what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home--none of that is an excuse... where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny.You make your own future.

    Barack Obama's back-to-school speech at Wakefield High School Arlington, Virginia, www.theguardian.com. September 8, 2009.
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