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Quotes about disability.

Pain

  • But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?
  • The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
    • Native American proverb
  • We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

Attitude

  • I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.
  • A positive attitude might not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. --Herm Albright
  • Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
  • We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
  • I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy as long as I can paint.

Perseverance

  • Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
    • James Baldwin
  • Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
  • Do not follow where the path may lead — go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
  • Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.
    • Yugoslav proverb
  • If power was an illusion, wasn't weakness necessarily one also?
  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
  • “It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.”

-Margaret Bonnano

  • “The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.”

-Rona Barrett

Achievement

  • The greatest achievements are those that benefit others.
  • I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement.
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Identity

  • Experience suggests it doesn't matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.
  • I am who I choose to be. I always have been what I chose…though not always what I pleased.
  • Fallen sick on a journey,
    In dreams I run wildly
    Over a withered moor.
  • We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
  • Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.
  • What you are is a question only you can answer.
  • Luminous beings are we; not this crude matter.
  • “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
    • Harvey Fierstein
  • It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
    • Charles Darwin


Disability as a Concept

  • “Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.”

- Neil Marcus

  • Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place.

~Susan Wendell, The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

  • “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”

Martina Navratilova

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