Here is a list of some famous people who happen to be dyslexic. It is important to note that these people have become successful because of their gift of dyslexia, not in spite of it.


Thomas Edison
Famed inventor and businessman

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

"I haven't failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Richard Branson
Entrepreneur and Virgin Brand mogul

"Perhaps my early problems with dyslexia made me more intuitive: when someone sends me a written proposal, instead of dwelling on detailed facts and figures, I find that my imagination grasps and expands on what I read."

Walt Disney
Film producer and director, founder of The Walt Disney Company

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."

Leonardo da Vinci
Inventor, painter, architect, engineer, musician and anatomist

"You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills."

Whoopi Goldberg
Oscar-winning actress

"When I was a kid they didn't call it dyslexia... you were slow, or you were retarded or whatever. What you can never change is the effect that the words 'dumb' and 'stupid' have on young people. I knew I wasn't stupid and I knew I wasn't dumb. If you read to me I could tell you everything that you read. They didn't know what it was. They knew I wasn't lazy, but what was it?"

Albert Einstein
Nobel-prize winning theoretical physicist

"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

"Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater."

Agatha Christie
Author of 80 mystery novels, and the best-selling fiction writer of all time.

"I, myself, was always recognized... as the 'slow one' in the family... 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."

Charles Schwab
Founder and CEO of Charles Schwab Corporation

"...That's the real problem with kids who struggle with learning... some kids feel like they're stupid. I want them to know that they're not. They just learn differently. Once they understand that a have the tools to learn in their individual way, then they can feel good about themselves."


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