This is the first of thirty-one quotes I’ll be posting during October — global ADHD Awareness Month — each relating to ADHD and neurodiversity.

Today’s quote is widely attributed to Albert Einstein, but it seems there is no proof that it actually came from him.

Regardless of its origin, I think it is so often used because it speaks to the error of judging someone by a single standard that doesn’t apply to everyone.


Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,

it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.


If you would like to read more about this quote and its possible origin, including references to numerous related allegories from the last 120 or so years, here’s a good place to look.

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