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- When Thomas Edison was a boy his teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.
- F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21 but his employers would not let him wait on a customer because he, “didn’t have enough sense.”
- A newspaper editor fired Walt DIsney because he had, “no good ideas.”
- Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.
- Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
- Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him, “As a composer, he is hopeless.”
- Caruso’s music teacher told him, “You can’t sing, you have no voice at all.”
- The director of the Imperial Opera in Vienna told Madame Schumann Heink that she would never be a singer and advised her to buy a sewing machine.
- Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college.
- Werner von Braun flunked 9th grade algebra.
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd had retired from the Navy, as “Unfit for service” until he flew over both poles.
- Louis Pasterur was rated as mediocre in chemistry when he attended the Royal College.
- Abraham Lincoln entereds the Black Hawk War as a Captain and came out as a private.
- Louisa May Alcott was told by an editor that she could never write anything that had popular appeal.
- Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade.