Quotes for Autism

“Yeah, I know what you mean, Mommy. I really like her stories, but most of the time I feel like she is inside four walls of brick and I can walk around and around them but only she has the key to the secret doorway.”

Lucy -(Daughter of Bobbi Sheahan, author of “What I Wish I Knew About Raising a Child with Autism”) upon her mother explaining to her that it sometimes feels as if she has to reach around the autism to get to her younger daughter

“Joy is always a function of gratitude – and gratitude is always a function of perspective.”

-Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts)

“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: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome)

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
― Agatha Christie

“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 and Asperger’s)

“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

“This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us:  that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.”

-Jim Sinclair, “Don’t Mourn For Us”

My Mom always used to say; “SpongeBob, just because you’re square doesn’t mean you’re not hip.”

-Spongebob Squarepants

“I don’t care if you have the most helpful relatives in the world; if the cost of their help is that they drive you crazy, their help ain’t helpful.”
-Bobbi Sheahan with Kathy DeOmelias
(What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child With Autism: A Mom and a Therapist Offer Heartfelt Guidance for the First Five Years)

“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)

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
-Albert Camus

“Yeah, but this is a group of people who understand heartache.  Folks like that aren’t the type anymore to get overly upset or judgmental about things that don’t really matter.  They know the difference too well.”

-My Dad  (upon hearing me remark about the incredible degree of acceptance and good sense I’ve recently discovered about the special needs parenting community)

“I think the heart just gets broken — wide open.”

-Amy Upchurch (on how becoming a special needs parent changes a person for the better)

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14 thoughts on “Quotes for Autism

  1. Em

    I just received your comment from Jim Sinclair via email. It hit me like a hard punch to the stomach. What a powerful quote. Thanks for sharing.

  2. serens

    *facepalms and giggles* Those were hilarious. Well, except the ones that weren’t of course. Those one were equally good.

    I heard someone say yesterday “Normal is just something made up to make boring people feel special.” I liked the opposing statements in there.

      1. Valerie

        Is this person the original author, or referring us to someone else?
        Hmmm, someone else had the same quote with the same hashtag.
        There’s a book by Patsy Clairmont called “Normal is Just a Setting on Your Dryer: And Other Lessons from the Real World.”
        Actual “normal” is a setting on my washer, not my dryer – is there something there? – and the book is a GREAT read.

  3. Lora Hinkel

    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    ― Albert Einstein

  4. Julie S

    Awesome collection of autism quotes! I’m going to print them and hang them up too! Thanks for sharing! Love the comments here too!

    I was looking for the follow button – I’m going to try to add this blog to my wordpress reader. I just came across a support article that said how to do that yesterday… Can’t wait to see what you’ll post next! Love the IEP prayer too!


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