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Famous People Who Flunked in Exams!

Updated on April 1, 2010

Failure in exams should not bring you down. Take the example of these people who failed in exams and yet came to be known as the some of the greatest people in the world!

We have all faced exams at some point in our lives. Some of us do well and some don’t. But never let failure get in your way of success. Here are some examples of people who failed in test yet came to be some of the most important people in the world.

1) Albert Einstein: as a child, Einstein was dyslexic (he read letters backwards), and he showed little scholastic abilities. He left school at 15 with no diploma and poor grades in history, geography, and languages. At 16, when he first applied to the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, he failed the entrance exam. Einstein grew up to become on the greatest theoretical physicists of all time, with one of the most creative intellects in human history.

2) Isaac Newton: A lackluster student, Newton graduated from Trinity College at Cambridge University without honors or distinction. Yet, Newton had one of the greatest scientific minds in history. All modern science and technology stem from his work.

3) Thomas Edison: The most famous inventor of all time went to school for only three months. After his teacher called the eight-year-old Edison “addled,” meaning that his mind was confused, his mother pulled him out of school and taught him at home. By the time he was nine, his experiments had gone far beyond his mother’s understanding. Among his more than 1,000 inventions were the electric bulb and phonograph, and he helped perfect motion pictures, the telephone, and the electric generator.

4) Benjamin Franklin: This famous American failed arithmetic as a boy. His father took Franklin out of school at age 10 and put him to work cutting wicks and melting tallow in the family’s candle and soap shop. Franklin grew up to serve his nation as a great statesman, scientist, and public leader.

5) Charles Darwin: Young Darwin did so badly at school that his father took him out, saying, “You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat catching. You will be a disgrace to yourself and all yourself and all your family.” Afterwards, Darwin was sent to study medicine, which nauseated him. He was then sent to study for the ministry, but he spent his time with young sportsmen instead. Yet, Darwin grew up to revolutionize the science of biology.

6) Senator Edward M. Kennedy: The Massachusetts senator and one-time presidential candidate was suspended from Harvard University because a friend took an exam for him.

7) Sir Winston Churchill: Author, artist, statesman, and prime minister of England, Churchill failed the entrance exam for the Royal Military College not once, but twice


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      Rock Ravi Tamburi 14 months ago

      Im so many times failure in my study and exams .But one thinking on me every times what can i do it's earth ??? Why are born i?? Which Achievement i can possible but one is possible me .and one man can be change my life his name is *Jesus * Today so many i Will achieve for god and people believe yo Jesus it's happen your life .....

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      anonymous 22 months ago

      Though I passed in exams of degree but I can't crack any competitive exam. I can't get good job and worked 9 different types of job from 1 day to 1½ year. From sales person, wildlife guide, teaching, worked in bank, sold weighing machines. But I still crave for success. I want to achieve success so high so that I can remove the tag of failure,stupid,loser from my forehead..

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      Gaurav 2 years ago

      i failed in my AS Level exams in phy n maths n those r the subjects i like the most,i cried almost for 2 hrs n then i realised that if i cry that means i accept faliure,but thats not going to happen now..

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      phineas 2 years ago

      I failed in this year's exam of class 12.....

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      Jenna 2 years ago

      I just found out that I failed the 8th grade.when I came in yesterday I cried for hours thinking about how many people are going to tease me about failing I wish I could start over. :(

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      nalyn 3 years ago

      very inspiring..

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      Tamanna 3 years ago

      I failed in eleventh class and i have lost my confidence :'( i want to become a doctor after reading this i hv got courage to defeat my FAILURE!! Yeah m gonna surely WIN :)

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      We never know what is to become of us. Great hub. God Bless.

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      Rocket 7 years ago

      Cool enough!