I was one of the 'puzzle
children' myself -- a dyslexic . . . And I still have a hard time reading today. Accept the fact that you have a problem.
Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit!
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.
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.
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, 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
My teachers say I'm addled
. . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce.
I had to train myself to
focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read."
You should prefer a good
scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills.
--Leonardo da Vinci
Kids made fun of me because
I was dark skinned, had a wide nose, and was dyslexic. Even as an actor, it took me a long time to realize why words and letters
got jumbled in my mind and came out differently.
--Danny Glover, actor
looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.
ACTORS or ENTERTAINERS
Henry Winkler (The Fonz)
Neil Smith, NFL
John F. Kennedy
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert comic strip)
Charles Schulz (creator
of Peanuts comic strip)
Vincent Van Gogh
Osbourne (Ozzie's eldest)
SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
Alexander Graham Bell
The Wright Brothers
WRITERS AND POETS
Hans Christian Anderson
Edgar Allen Poe