101 best quotes from famous dyslexics

A teacher sent the following note home with a six-year-old boy: “He is too stupid to learn.” That boy was Thomas A. Edison.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.  Albert Einstein

I felt like an alien. I always felt like I never belonged to any group that I wanted to belong to.  Steven Spielberg

I always felt a bit alone & isolated from other people. I did a lot of pretending as a child. It was my way of coping with the fact that I didn’t feel like I fit in. Keanu Reeves

I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything. Jennifer Aniston

I was labeled the 'dumb kid' that couldn't read or write, coming all through to when I was graduating in high school. Barbara Corcoran

Dyslexia is the affliction of a frozen genius. Stephen Richards

How you learn has nothing to do with how brilliant you are. Henry Winkler

I'm dyslexic too. and look at where we're at. You can do it too. Daymond John

I am the girl who everyone said was never going anywhere. I guess I shocked a few people. Cher.

I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft. Bill Gates.I didn't really have a disability. I had a superpower. Kevin O'Leary

Life is full of challenges. How you handle these challenges is what builds character. Never be afraid to be who you are. Erin Brockovich

When you have to cope with a lot of problems, you're either going to sink or you're going to swim. Tom Cruise

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. Sir Richard Branson

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.  General George Patton

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.  Walt Disney

My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them. Sir Richard Branson

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.  Winston Churchill

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.  Henry Ford

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.  Thomas Edison

You don’t have any idea how powerful you are and what you can achieve.  You literally cannot give in to your fear.  You literally have got to walk over it, step on it’s face and keep moving toward where you want to go and eventually, if I can get there, there’s no reason you can’t get there. Henry Winkler

Your brain is much better than you think; just use it!  Leonardo Da Vinci

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Sir Richard Branson

When I was growing up in New York City, no one knew what dyslexia was. I was called stupid and lazy, and I was told that I was not living up to my potential.  It was, without a doubt, painful. Henry Winkler

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. Winston Churchill

Failure in school does not mean failure in life. Steven J. Cannell(TV producer)

As a child, I was called stupid and lazy.  On the SAT I got 159 out of 800 in math.  My parents had no idea that I had a learning disability. Henry Winkler

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Thomas Edison

My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again. Sir Richard Branson

I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.  Albert Einstein

History is written by the victors. Winston Churchill

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.  Albert Einstein

On one of my last days at school, the headmaster said I would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. That was quite a startling prediction, but in some respects, he was right on both counts! Sir Richard Branson

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.  Albert Einstein

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  Scott Adams (Cartoonist)

Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  Thomas Edison

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.  Leonardo da Vinci

What you are, will show in what you do. Thomas A. Edison

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  Albert Einstein

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.  Thomas Edison

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein

Back when I was in school, few people understood dyslexia and what to do for it. My teachers thought I was lazy and not very clever, and I got bored easily... thinking of all the things I could do once I left school. I couldn't always follow what was going on. Sir Richard Branson

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein

You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills.  Leonardo da Vinci

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.  Albert Einstein

Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop. Sir Richard Branson

I don't care who you are, life has challenges. Tom Cruise

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

Before you can do something that you’ve never done, you have to be able to imagine it is possible.  Jean Shinoda Bolen

I firmly believe that deep in their soul everyone has a champion that can overcome obstacles and do great things.  Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic gold medalist

Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business. Sir Richard Branson

Every book I read I have to read in hardcover and it has to be on my shelf so I can see it because every one of them is a triumph. Henry Winkler

The biggest problem with dyslexic kids is not the perceptual problem, it is their perception of themselves. That was my biggest problem.  Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic gold medalist

I was dyslexic, so math and formulas were not necessarily my strong suit.  James Van Der Beek

My diary is a disaster. I can’t spell at all. I’ll spell the same word completely differently in the same sentence.  Liv Tyler

I start where the last man left off.  Thomas Edison

This is what I know: a learning challenge doesn’t have to stop you.  Your learning challenge will not stop you from meeting your dream.  Only you will stop yourself from meeting your dream. Henry Winkler

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?  Albert Einstein

I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby. You name it, I have it, but I am here. I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be working! Salma Hayek

Stay hungry, stay foolish. Steve Jobs

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  Henry Ford

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.  Thomas Edison

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  Winston Churchill

I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I - if I'm not interested in something, I don't grasp it. Sir Richard Branson

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.  Winston Churchill

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. Thomas Jefferson

Still, one of the few good things about being dyslexic is that when I say I don’t read reviews, I mean I don’t read reviews. Ozzy Osbourne

If you can dream it, you can do it.  Walt Disney

If you were to ask me for two defining words – for life and fishing – I’d say ‘tenacity and gratitude.’  Tenacity lets you get where you want to go, and gratitude doesn’t allow you to be angry along the way. Henry Winkler

Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.  Albert Einstein

Passion is the great slayer of adversity. Focus on strengths and what you enjoy.  Charles Schwab

Knowledge of what is, does not open the door directly to what should be.  Albert Einstein

Great ideas originate in the muscles.  Thomas Edison

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.  Albert Einstein

I suffer from severe dyslexia. I was the only child on my block on Halloween to go 'trick or trout' … Here comes that young Williams boy. Better get some fish. Robin Williams

Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.  Martin Luther King Jr

Nobody's good in everything. Advantages and disadvantages come in many forms. Charles Schwab

When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. Pablo Picasso

The difference between those who fail and those who succeed is largely perseverance. Never quit. Charles Schwab

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I learn. Involve me and I remember.  Benjamin Franklin

I still have trouble reading. I have to concentrate very hard at going left to right, left to right, otherwise my eye just wanders to the bottom of the page. Tommy Hilfiger

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein

I'm passionate about learning. I'm passionate about life. Tom Cruise

Most dyslexic people face challenges that may go unnoticed by others, but they usually find creative ways to overcome them. Rebecca Kamen

I don't want anyone to feel they can't achieve their ambitions if they are dyslexic. Mollie King

When someone helping you gets frustrated, don’t let them. Take a step back, because you can’t learn anything under pressure. And don’t worry about the label. Erin Brockovich

I didn’t succeed despite my , but because of it. It wasn’t my deficit, but my advantage. Although there are neurological trade-offs that require that I work creatively and smarter in reading, writing and speaking, I would never wish to be any other way than my awesome self. I love being me, regardless of the early challenges I had faced.  Scott Sonnon, martial arts world champion and author

Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it.  Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York

It is more common than you can imagine. You are not alone. And while you will have this the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get where you want to go and it will not hold you back. Steven Spielberg

I have learned to live with it and make the best of it. I read all the time. When I was diagnosed with dyslexia, I was told to read everything from street signs to cereal boxes, and that my mom shouldn’t read the menu for me. I should read it to her! It has helped a great deal. I am reading well, but it is something I work on every day.  Bella Thorne

Dyslexic kids are creative, ‘outside-the-box’ thinkers. They have to be, because they don’t see or solve problems the same way other kids do. In school, unfortunately, they are sometimes written off as lazy, unmotivated, rude or even stupid. They aren’t. Making Percy dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions. It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented.  Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

I guess the key is, no matter how many times you fall over, you dust yourself off and you keep moving. Henry Winkler

The real fear that I have for dyslexic people is not that they have to struggle with jumbled input or that they can’t spell, but that they will quit on themselves before they get out of school. Parents have to create victories whenever they can, whether it’s music, sports or art. You want your dyslexic child to be able to say: ‘Yeah, reading’s hard. But I have these other things that I can do. Stephen J. Cannell, Emmy-winning TV producer

I try to get the point across that not everybody thinks the same way. There are obvious benefits to being ‘book smart,’ but I think common sense and creativity is just as good (maybe even better). Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series

If I wasn’t dyslexic, I probably wouldn’t have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily [and] sports would have come easily. And I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.  Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic gold medalist

It is the parent’s job to see how their child learns and to make sure that the children’s self-confidence is buoyed at all times, or they will plummet like a stone. Henry Winkler

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso

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