Daniel Keyes

Literary Birthday – 9 August – Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes was born 9 August 1927 and died 15 June 2014.


  1. 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?
  2. Intelligence and education that hasn’t been tempered by human affection isn’t worth a damn.
  3. 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.
  4. There are a lot of people who will give money or materials, but very few who will give time and affection.
  5. Even in the world of make-believe there have to be rules. The parts have to be consistent and belong together.
  6. This kind of picture is a lie. Things are forced to fit because the writer or the director or somebody wanted something in that didn’t belong. And it doesn’t feel right.
  7. As long as the writer, or any artist for that matter, keeps his mouth shut, there can be argument and discussion and various interpretations and meanings. But once the writer explains or analyses, he trivialises his own work.

Daniel Keyes was an American author. He was famous for writing Flowers for Algernon. He is is the author of eight other books: The Touch; The Fifth Sally; The Minds of Billy Milligan; The Milligan Wars: A True Sequel; Unveiling Claudia; Until Death . . .; Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer’s Journey; and The Asylum Prophecies. In 2000, he was honoured with Professor Emeritus status at Ohio University. He was also given the Author Emeritus honour by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.

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Posted on: 8th August 2021