Autism Quotes

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Debra Ginsberg
“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
Debra Ginsberg

Patricia Highsmith
“Obsessions are the only things that matter.”
Patricia Highsmith

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

Matthew Dicks
“You have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one likes who you are.”
Matthew Dicks, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Jodi Picoult
“On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger's. Like me, they're very smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Paul  Collins
“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg.”
Paul Collins

Will Rogers
“You know, everybody's ignorant, just on different subjects.”
Will Rogers

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Wit seduces by signaling intelligence without nerdiness.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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

Helen Hoang
“She didn’t know how to be semi-interested in something. She was either indifferent . . . or obsessed.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

Helen Hoang
“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn't broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn't change the root of herself. At her core, she would always be autistic. People called it a disorder, but it didn't feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The best way to measure the loss of intellectual sophistication - this "nerdification," to put it bluntly - is in the growing disappearance of sarcasm, as mechanic minds take insults a bit too literally.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Temple Grandin
“If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”
Temple Grandin

“I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.”
Jerry Newport, Your Life is Not a Label

“If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”
O. Ivar Lovaas

T.K. Thorne
“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.--Ray Bradbury”
T.K. Thorne

Paul  Collins
“Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. … But autism … is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique.”
Paul Collins, Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism

Elizabeth Moon
“I like it that order exists somewhere even if it shatters near me.”
Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark

Temple Grandin
“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

Nicholas Sparks
“A person with autism lives in his own world, while a person with Asperger's lives in our world, in a way of his own choosing”
Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

Helen Hoang
“She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her. She was Stella. She was a unique person.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

Karen Kingsbury
“But the Beast was a good person...the Prince looked on the outside the way the Beast was on the inside. Sometimes people couldn't see the inside of the person unless they like the outside of a person. Because they hadn't learned to hear the music yet.”
Karen Kingsbury, Unlocked

S.L. Coelho
“Autism, is part of my child, it's not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.”
Sandra L Westendorf-Coelho, The World According to August - One Good Friend

Tara Kelly
“Why was it considered normal for a girl to live for fashion and makeup, but not car engines or bugs? And what about sports fanatics? My mom had a boyfriend who would flip out if he missed even a minute of a football game. Wouldn't that be what doctors considered autistic behavior?”
Tara Kelly, Harmonic Feedback

“The gut is the seat of all feeling. Polluting the gut not only cripples your immune system, but also destroys your sense of empathy, the ability to identify with other humans. Bad bacteria in the gut creates neurological issues. Autism can be cured by detoxifying the bellies of young children. People who think that feelings come from the heart are wrong. The gut is where you feel the loss of a loved one first. It's where you feel pain and a heavy bulk of your emotions. It's the central base of your entire immune system. If your gut is loaded with negative bacteria, it affects your mind. Your heart is the seat of your conscience. If your mind is corrupted, it affects your conscience. The heart is the Sun. The gut is the Moon. The pineal gland is Neptune, and your brain and nervous system (5 senses) are Mercury. What affects the moon or sun affects the entire universe within. So, if you poison the gut, it affects your entire nervous system, your sense of reasoning, and your senses.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Helen Hoang
“She ached so badly to be held it felt like a sickness had invaded her muscles and bones. As usual, her own arms provided little comfort.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

Jodi Picoult
“I've met so many parents of the kids who are on the low end of the autism spectrum, kids who are diametrically opposed to Jacob, with his Asperger's. They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else but truly doesn't know how.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules

Franny Billingsley
“Wearing a cloak is on Rose's list of the thousand things she hates most. The problem is that each of the thousand problems is ranked number one.
'But Dr. Rannigan says you must and anyway, it hardly weighs a thing, it's so full of holes.' I swung mine round my shoulders. Rose hates any bit of clothing that constricts, but I say Chin up and bear it. Life is just one great constriction.
'Ventilated,' I said, 'that's the word. Our cloaks are terrifically ventilated.”
Franny Billingsley, Chime

Tony Attwood
“Universities are renowned for their tolerance of unusual characters, especially if they show originality and dedication to their research. I have often made the comment that not only are universities a 'cathedral' for worship of knowledge, they are also 'sheltered workshops' for the socially challenged.”
Tony Attwood, The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

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