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“I am different, not less.”
Temple Grandin
“Nature is cruel, but we don't have to be.”
Temple Grandin
“What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool?

You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.”
Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's
“Nature is cruel but we don't have to be”
Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's
“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
Temple Grandin
“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution - know that my life has meaning.”
Temple Grandin
“You simply cannot tell other people they are stupid, even if they really are stupid.”
Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's
“If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”
Temple Grandin
“In an ideal world the scientist should find a method to prevent the most severe forms of autism but allow the milder forms to survive. After all, the really social people did not invent the first stone spear. It was probably invented by an Aspie who chipped away at rocks while the other people socialized around the campfire. Without autism traits we might still be living in caves.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism
“But my favorite of Einstein's words on religion is "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." I like this because both science and religion are needed to answer life's great questions.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“I believe there is a reason such as autism, severe manic-depression, and schizophrenia remain in our gene pool even though there is much suffering as a result.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“The worst thing you can do is nothing. (re: teaching children with autism)”
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“I believe that the best way to create good living conditions for any animal, whether it's a captive animal living in a zoo, a farm animal or a pet, is to base animal welfare programs on the core emotion systems in the brain. My theory is that the environment animals live in should activate their positive emotions as much as possible, and not activate their negative emotions any more than necessary. If we get the animal's emotions rights, we will have fewer problem behaviors... All animals and people have the same core emotion systems in the brain.”
Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“Animals make us Human.”
Temple Grandin
“[T]he only place on earth where immortality is provided is in libraries. This is the collective memory of humanity.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“I believe that the place where an animal dies is a sacred one. There is a need to bring ritual into the conventional slaughter plants and use as a means to shape people's behavior. It would help prevent people from becoming numbed, callous, or cruel. The ritual could be something very simple, such as a moment of silence. In addition to developing better designs and making equipment to insure the humane treatments of all animals, that would be my contribution.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“There’s a saying in engineering: You can build things cheap, fast, or right, but not all three.”
Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“The big companies are like steel and activists are like heat. Activists soften the steel, and then I can bend it into pretty grillwork and make reforms.”
Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“If language naturally evolves to serve the needs of tiny rodents with tiny rodent brains, then what's unique about language isn't the brilliant humans who invented it to communicate high-level abstract thoughts. What's unique about language is that the creatures who develop it are highly vulnerable to being eaten.”
Temple Grandin
“we raise them for us; that means we owe them some respect. nature is creul but we dont have to be. i wouldnt want to have my guts ripped out by a lion. i'd much rather die in a slaughter house if it were done right.”
Temple Grandin
“My mind can always separate the two. Even when I am very upset, I keep reviewing the facts over and over until I can come to a logical conclusion.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism
“The world needs all types of minds.”
Temple Grandin
“DIFFERENT NOT LESS”
Temple Grandin
“The word “autism” still conveys a fixed and dreadful meaning to most people—they visualize a child mute, rocking, screaming, inaccessible, cut off from human contact. And we almost always speak of autistic children, never of autistic adults, as if such children never grew up, or were somehow mysteriously spirited off the planet, out of society.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism
“Animals like novelty if they can choose to investigate it; they fear novelty if you shove it in their faces.”
Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people.”
Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“In a noisy place I can’t understand speech, because I cannot screen out the background noise.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism
“Neither living nor learning was good without order.”
Temple Grandin
“Children who are visual thinkers will often be good at drawing, other arts, and building things with building toys such as Legos.”
Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism

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