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"I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way."
-- Mark Twain


"A farmer once called his cow "Zephyr"
She seemed such an amiable hephyr
But when he drew near
She bit off his ear
And now he is very much dephyr."
The Trouble With Spelling

Inspirational Quotes
... by famous people with learning disabilities or differences

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Learning Disability - Writers too?

Dyslexia is perhaps hard to believe in writers. Yet, these are actual quotes ...

"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


"My father was an angry and impatient teacher and flung the reading book at my head."
-- W.B. Yeats


"Willie was sent to lessons in spelling and grammar, but he never learned to spell. To the end of his life he produced highly idiosyncratic versions of words."
-- Biographer A. Norman Jeffares on William Butler Yeats


Here is a poem by W.B. Yeats, if you're unfamiliar with the writer and curious. The poem is also quoted by Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's Ulysees. W.B. Yeats is a major English writer.

Who Goes with Fergus?

Who will go drive with Fergus now.
And pierce the deep wood's woven shade,
And dance upon the level shore?
Young man, lift up your russet brow,
And lift your tender eyelids, maid,
And brood on hopes and fear no more.

And no more turn aside and brood
Upon love's bitter mystery;
For Fergus rules the brazen cars,
And rules the shadows of the wood,
And the white breast of the dim sea
And all disheveled wandering stars.

-- William Butler Yeats (1893)
referring to King Fergus of Irish lore, who gave up his throne to become a poet and philosopher.



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