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Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Overcoming Disability

Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer,
in my mind I am free.
- Stephen Hawking

Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.
- Stephen Hawking


Steven Hawking, born January 8, 1942, is one of the world's greatest theoretical physicists and cosmologists. Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (related to ALS) at age 21. His condition has degenerated over the years, and he is now almost entirely paralyzed and communicates through a computerized speech generating device.

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

If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault,
but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you.
One has to have a positive attitude
and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in.
If one is physically disabled,
one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well.
- Stephen Hawking

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller


Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

3 comments:

juli moore said...

AMEN TO THIS..

Charlie said...

Thank you for sharing these amazing Quotes with us today. As a woman who has an intellectual disability, these quotes really inspired me to stop grumbling about what I can't do and praise the things that I can do. I may never be able to drive but I am a good writer and I have a good singing voice too.

Jonathan Huie said...

Charlie: Thank you for your kind words. Never stop doing what you can.

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