• Noun: the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; example: "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
• Noun: a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; example: "the deviation from the mean"
• Noun: a disagreement or argument about something important; examples: "he had a dispute with his wife", "there were irreconcilable differences", "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
• Noun: a significant change; examples: "the difference in her is amazing", "his support made a real difference"
• Noun: the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
There's a difference between being able to make long distance phone calls cheaper on the Internet and walking around Riyadh with a PDA where you can have all of Google in your pocket. It's a difference in degree that's so enormous it becomes a difference in kind.
In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English until you were in your twenties.
I couldn't help but to think back to my classmates at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. They had the same talent, the same brains, the same dreams as the folks we sat with at Stanford and Harvard. I realized the difference wasn't one of intelligence or drive. The difference was opportunity.
I want to make films that make a difference. I want to be out and hope that that will make things better for gay people and for myself. I hope one day I can start to make the kind of projects or be involved with kind of projects that can really make a difference.
If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you're active in your community, there's nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life.
I have to report to those of you who think diamonds make a difference that I cannot tell what it is. Seriously, as you all know, they make no difference at all. They just make the flute look a little more special.