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  • I can't afford to spend my time with anyone - there's only enough left for myself

    Enough   My Time   Left  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.292, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • I may not have all the time I thought I had.

    May  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.165, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin." --Charlie Gordan

  • Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it. Is there time?

    World   Able   Strange  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.153, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Its easy to make frends if you let pepul laff at you.

    Easy   Ifs  
    Bert Coules, Daniel Keyes (1993). “The Play of Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon”, p.76, Heinemann
  • Even a feeble-minded man wants to be like other men." --Charlie Gordan

    Men   Want   Charlie  
  • I’m “exceptional”- a democratic term used to avoid the damning labels of “gifted” and “deprived” (which used to mean “bright” and “retarded”) and as soon as “exceptional” begins to mean anything to anyone they’ll change it. The idea seems to be: use an expression as long as it doesn’t mean anything to anybody. “Exceptional” refers to both ends of the spectrum, so all my life I’ve been exceptional.

    Mean   Expression   Ideas  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.153, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Even in the world of make-believe there have to be rules. The parts have to be consistent and belong together.

    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.77, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Who's to say that my light is better than your darkness? Who's to say death is better than your darkness? Who am I to say?

    Light   Darkness  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.252, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • I was her bestist pupil in the Beckman School for retarted adults and I tryed the hardist becus I reely wantd to lern I wantid it more even then pepul who are smarter even then me.

    School   Adults   Pupils  
  • I put Algernon's body in a cheese box and buried him in the backyard. I cried.

    Backyards   Body   Cheese  
    Bert Coules, Daniel Keyes (1993). “The Play of Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon”, p.71, Heinemann
  • No one really starts anything new, Mrs. Nemur. Everyone builds on other men's failures. There is nothing really original in science. What each man contributes to the sum of knowledge is what counts.

    Men   Originals  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.243, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.

    Feels   Wanted   Knows  
  • Because I want to see. I've got to know what's going to happen while I'm still enough in control to be able to do something about it.

    Want   Able   Enough  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.220, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • If your smart you can have lots of frends to talk to and you never get lonley by yourself all the time.

    Smart   Ifs  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.15, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • I'm not close to him." He looked at me defiantly. "But he's put his whole life into this. He's no Freud or Jung or Pavlov or Watson, but he's doing something important and I respect his dedication - maybe even more because he's just an ordinary man trying to do a great man's work, while the great men are all busy making bombs.

    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.151, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Here look at me. I'm Charlie, the son you wrote off the books? Not that I blame you for it, but here I am, all fixed up better than ever. Test me. Ask me questions. I speak twenty languages, living and dead; I'm a mathematical whiz, and I'm writing a piano concerto that will make them remember me long after I'm gone.

    Book   Writing   Son  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.187, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Punctuation, is? fun!

    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.39, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • There are a lot of people who will give money or materials, but very few who will give time and affection.

    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.230, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • A child may not know how to feed itself, or what to eat, yet it knows hunger.

    Children   May   Hunger  
    Bert Coules, Daniel Keyes (1993). “The Play of Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon”, p.67, Heinemann
  • Only a short time ago, I learned that people laughed at me. Now I can see that unknowingly I joined them in laughing at myself. That hurts the most.

    Hurt   People   Laughing  
    Bert Coules, Daniel Keyes (1993). “The Play of Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon”, p.67, Heinemann
  • People think it's funny when a dumb person can't do things the same way they can.

    Thinking   People   Dumb  
    Daniel Keyes (2004). “Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey”, p.34, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Thank God for books and music and things I can think about." --Charlie Gordan

    Music   Book   Thinking  
  • Life and work are the most wonderful things a man can have.

    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.241, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Remembering how my mother looked before she gave birth to my sister is frightening. But even more frightening is the feeling that I wanted them to catch me and beat me. Why did I want to be punished? Shadows out of the past clutch at my legs and drag me down. I open my mouth to scream, but I am voiceless. My hands are trembling, I feel cold, and there is a distant humming in my ears.

    Mother   Past   Hands  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.132, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibilty, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes—how such people think nothing of abusing a man with low intelligence.

    Eye   Men   Thinking  
    Daniel Keyes (2004). “Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey”, p.44, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • And now - Plato's words mock me in the shadows on the ledge behind the flames: '...the men of the cave would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes.

    Plato   Eye   Men  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.285, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • The answer can't be found in books - or be solved by bringing it to other people. Not unless you want to remain a child all your life. You've got to find the answer inside you - feel the right thing to do. Charlie, you've got to learn to trust yourself

    Children   Book   People  
    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.91, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ...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.

    Sorry   Smart   Grateful  
  • 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.

    Daniel Keyes (2007). “Flowers for Algernon”, p.71, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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