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Quotes by Persons with Disabilities

 

 

I choose not to place "DIS", in my ability.
-- Robert M. Hensel

 

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

Michael J. Fox

 

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

Michael J. Fox

 

I have had this desire my whole life to prove people wrong, to show them I could do things they didn't think I could do."

David A. Paterson

 

My truest disability has been my ability to overcome my physical disability.

David A. Paterson

 

As soon as people see that I can be independent, then they hold me to the standard that everyone else is. 

David A. Paterson

 

Internally, I probably felt myself more discriminated against as a disabled person

David A. Paterson

 

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.

Stevie Wonder

 

Minds ripen at very different ages.

Stevie Wonder

 

If you don't ask, you don't get.

Stevie Wonder

 

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.

Stevie Wonder

 

“There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.”
-- Jim Davis quotes (American Actor. 1915-1981)

 

We, the one's who are challenged, need to be heard. To be seen not as a disability, but as a person who has, and will continue to bloom. To be seen not only as a handicap, but as a well intact human being.
-- Robert M. Hensel

 

 

 

"We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

Stephen Hawking

 

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Stephen Hawking

 

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite

of overwhelming obstacles.

Christopher Reeve

 

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

Christopher Reeve

 

I discovered early that the hardest thing to overcome is not a physical disability but the mental condition which it induces. The world, I found, has a way of taking a man pretty much at his own rating. If he permits his loss to make him embarrassed and apologetic, he will draw embarrassment from others. But if he gains his own respect, the respect of those around him comes easily.
-- Alexander de Seversky (1894 - 1974)

 

“Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.
-- Emma Thompson

 

The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.
-- Bill Toomey

 

"It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining." –

Stephen Hawking

 

Placing one foot in front of the other, I've climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I'm just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won.
-- Robert M. Hensel

 

 

"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see." –

Helen Keller