Famous Dyslexics

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My teachers say I'm addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce.

-Thomas Edison

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I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.

-Winston Churchill 

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I, myself, was always recognized . . . as the "slow one" in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was . . . an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.

 -Agatha Christie 

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When I had dyslexia, they didn't diagnose it as that. It was frustrating and embarrassing. I could tell you a lot of horror stories about what you feel like on the inside.

 -Nolan Ryan 

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I never read in school. I got really bad grades--D's and F's and C's in some classes, and A's and B's in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade, I just quit. When I was in school, it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned, I had to learn by listening. My report cards always said that I was not living up to my potential.


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He told me that his teachers reported that . . . he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.

 -Hans Albert Einstein, on his father, Albert Einstein​ 

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I couldn't read. I just scraped by. My solution back then was to read classic comic books because I could figure them out from the context of the pictures. Now I listen to books on tape.

 -Charles Schwabb 

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"I remember going in for an audition when I was 8, and it was the most excruciating experience because I couldn't read my lines. My desire to act was my driving force. I got really good help from some amazing teachers and my mother and father worked tirelessly with me, so by the time I was 11 I had kind of overcome the dyslexia and now it's not really a problem. I don't notice it anymore." 

- Keira Knightley

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"Young George . . . although he was bright and intelligent and bursting with energy, he was unable to read and write. Patton's wife corrected his spelling, his punctuation, and his grammar."

 - Biographer Martin Blumenson on General George Patton

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." 

- General George Patton

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