Top Ten Quotes on Aspergers and Autism

The Emphatic Aspergian

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. – Meryl Streep

When someone begins to talk about Aspergers or autism, I have learned to prepare by taking a deep breath. Whether it is to complain about a friend whose kid has that awful condition or a child who had trouble making friends for a year but now is cured, the things that people say regarding people on this side of the autism spectrum are often incorrect and a bit irritating.

There are many helpful quotes, however, that I find inspiring. Aspergers is inconvenient but brings great traits along with the struggles. Hopefully, you will see that with these quotes.

  1. “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.” – professor, animal researcher, and author Temple Grandin in The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers
  2. “Far too many people on the spectrum spend most of their days with people who carry around memories of, and are often too overwhelmed by incidents of, prior misinterpretation. This is no fun. In travel you can start over, and reinvent yourself. If somehow a relationship gets weird, you can leave and go to the next town, the next block, or whatever the case may be, and try again.” – advocate Michael John Carley in Asperger’s from the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger’s Syndrome
  3. “And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.” – author and automobile business man John Elder Robison
  4. “I think autism is doing the same thing as other people, differently. It’s just the way you do it, the processes involved. It’s kind of like the difference between a Mac and a Windows PC.” – guitarist on Autistic Superstars Dafydd Mann
  5. “I don’t understand why people never say what they mean. It’s like the immigrants who come to a country and learn the language but are completely baffled by idioms. (Seriously, how could anyone who isn’t a native English speaker ‘get the picture,’ so to speak, and not assume it has something to do with a photo or a painting?)” – author Jodi Picoult in House Rules
  6. “(There is no) right type of Asperger’s. People with Asperger’s are as varied as Norwegians and trombone players” – author Mark Haddon
  7. “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.” – doctor and researcher Hans Asperger
  8. “Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” – singer, actress, and dancer Adrienne Bailon
  9. “Don’t think that there’s a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child. You may have to work harder on some of this, but that’s the goal.” – author Clarie Scovell LaZebnik
  10. “Being a typical teenager isn’t easy. When you have autism, it can be extra difficult. We need more public awareness about these hurdles as well as compassion towards these young people.” – actress, model, and singer Holly Robinson Peete
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