Although the world is very full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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I don’t envy those who live ‘better’ lives than me. I won’t resign to adversity.

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Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

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I want people to see the real me, with a smiling face, not someone who lost her sight and completely lost herself. Everyone has challenges. This is mine. Life is a celebration, I still believe that. You just have to make the best use of it.

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

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In the most general sense, care is a species activity that includes everything we do to maintain, continue and repair our world so that we may live in it as well as possible. That world includes our bodies, ourselves and our environment, all of which we seek to interweave in a complex, life-sustaining web.

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I think you’ll see that, for me, inclusion means having a voice in one’s life. Nonspeaking autistic people rarely—if ever—do. Instead, they’re usually stored away like unwanted furniture.

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Inclusion means having a voice in one’s life.

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Our silence makes some estimate us as incapable, and soon we are left out of anything meaningful. Before I learned to read and write, people thought I had no mind.

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I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.

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You don’t have to be disabled to be innovative, but it sure helps.

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.

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Far beyond the reaches of the universe, infinity is trying to communicate with us.

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Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

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You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.

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Disability is inherently radical, lived in defiance of the so-called ordinary.

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

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Dreams shape reality.

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Laughing at somebody is just another way of dismissing them, but laughing with somebody is a bridge to understanding.

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Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful.

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Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you’ll see in your arms is yourself.

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Being a woman in a man’s world was harder than autism.

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Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity.

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I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best.

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

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I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

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The only true disability is a crushed spirit.

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

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Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all– the apathy of human beings.

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Music is about the only thing left that people don’t fight over.

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Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful.

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Gifts are anything that one is or has or does that creates an opportunity for a meaningful interaction with at least one other person. Gifts are the fundamental characteristics of our human life and community.

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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.

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It may seem hard to believe, but it's catastrophe that offers the most promise for an even richer life. This is the gateway to the good stuff. In other words, you never truly know which way the wind is blowing until the shit hits the fan.

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Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. Every great idea I’ve ever had grew out of the work itself.

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Art helps you become comfortable with the unexpected, the uncertain. It allows a form of creativity whereby if something doesn’t go your way you can feed off that and let it take you in a completely new direction… Art allows us to listen in different ways, to see in different ways, to connect in different ways, to move in different ways.

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I Imagine and paint from memory. I don’t copy much… just have to guess my work up.

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There are wonderful things out there for you to learn and all you need to do is pay attention.

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Change is inevitable, growth is optional.

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If a thing is right it can be done, and if it is wrong it can be done without; and good people will find a way.

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Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.

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When we grow in spiritual consciousness, we identify with all that is in the world. And there is no exploitation. It is ourselves we are helping. It is ourselves we are healing.

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Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.

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One must always practice slowly. If you learn something slowly, you forget it slowly.

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Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.

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They took away what should have been my eyes (but I remembered Milton's Paradise). They took away what should have been my ears, (Beethoven came and wiped away my tears) They took away what should have been my tongue, (but I had talked with god when I was young) He would not let them take away my soul, possessing that I still possess the whole.

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If you want to find grace in a culture that is constantly devouring itself alive, if you want to live in hope and not fear, you have to tell the truth and declare your fragility.

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Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.

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Peacemaking, it is welcoming those who are culturally, psychologically, intellectually different from us.

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