Flowers for AlgernoneBook - 1966
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[I]ntelligence and education that hasn’t been tempered by human affection isn’t worth a damn.
Even a feeble-minded man wants to be like other men. A child may no know how to feed itself, or what to eat, yet it knows hunger.
How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibility, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes–– how such people think of nothing of abusing a man born with low intelligence.
"...Don't feel sorry for me. I'm glad I had a second chance in life like you said to be smart because I learned a lot of things that I never knew were in this world, and I'm grateful I saw it even for a little bit.”
“That's the thing about human life--there is no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.”
“I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.”
“Now I understand that one of the important reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you've believed in all your life aren't true, and that nothing is what it appears to be.”
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