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

Thomas Edison

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 

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 

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 

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.

Cher​ 

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​ 

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 

“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

“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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