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150 Motivational or Inspirational Quotes for Disabled People


History has seen the absolute most exceptional accomplishments by men and women in due course of time.

However, the accomplishment is considerably more valued if it has been tended with an evident physical disability.

For an ordinary man, to achieve success is most challenging and should have a lot of courage when he lacks something.

It just requires confidence, energy, and passion for a person with the disability to level the popularity. Following mentioned are some overcoming disability quotes.

Disability Quotes

Inspiring Disability Quotes:

1.“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”  – Stephen Hawking

2. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova

3. “When you hear the word ‘disabled,’ people immediately think about people who can’t walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can’t find joy in life and are bitter.” – Teri Garr

4. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

5. “For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people.” – Mark Haddon

6. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeves 

7. “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali

8. “I’m officially disabled, but I’m truly enabled because of my lack of limbs. My unique challenges have opened up unique opportunities to reach so many in need.” – Nick Vujicic

9. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

10. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

11.“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin

12.“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt 

13. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

14. “What I learned was that these athletes were not disabled, they were superable. The Olympics is where heroes are made. The Paralympics is where heroes come.” – Joey Reiman

15. “Know me for my abilities, not my disability.” – Robert M. Hensel

16. “Healing severe or chronic pain, I believe, includes transforming our relationship to the pain, and, ultimately, it is about transforming our relationship to who we are and to life.”
Sarah Anne Shockley

17. “People didn’t always see a person with a disability who had to use a ramp or elevator as people who have been given unnecessary privileges. But I run into that often now. People are saying, ‘Why do we have to go to great expense for these people?’” – Major Owens

18. “Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.”

19. ‘The only disability in life is a bad attitude.’ – Scott Hamilton

20. “I have had this desire my whole life to prove people wrong, to show them I could do things they didn’t think I could do.” – David A. Paterson

21. “Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking your potential.” – Winston Churchill

22. “The difference between those who fail and those who succeed is largely perseverance. Never quit.” – Charles Schwab

23. “Great ideas originate in the muscles.” – Thomas Edison

24. “The message I’ll share…is that inclusion is extremely important for kids with and without disabilities.” – Clay Aiken

25. “When everyone else says you can’t, determination says,”YES YOU CAN.” – Robert M. Hensel

26. ‘Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.’ – Stephen Hawking 

27. ‘No disability or dictionary out there is capable of clearly defining who we are as a person.’ – Robert M Hensel

28. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

29. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

30. “My disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities.” – Robert M. Hensel

31. “I have suffered from bullying in many ways, from bullying in school due to my disability in reading to digital abuse that I deal with on a daily basis. I’d like to tell the kids that are being bullied that no one should have to deal with the abuse, ever!” – Bella Thorne

32. “There are a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.” – Sharron Angle

33. “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life… the children; those who are in the twilight of life.. the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life the sick, the needy and the disabled.” – Hubert Humphrey

34. “I was diagnosed with a severe temporal-spatial deficit, a learning disability that means I have zero spatial relations skills. It was official: I was a genius trapped in an idiot’s body.” – Sloane Crosley

35. Let’s stop “tolerating” or “accepting” difference as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different.’ – Kate Bornstein 

36. “People presume my disability has to do with being an amputee, but that’s not the case; our insecurities are our disabilities, and I struggle with those as does everyone.” – Aimee Mullins

37. “Let’s face it, in America today we don’t have a health care system, we have a sick care system. We wait until people become obese, develop chronic diseases, or become disabled – and then we spend untold hundreds of billions annually to try to make them better.” – Tom Harkin

38. “I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health.” – John Forbes Nash

39. “I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.” – Winston Churchill

40. “These days the technology can solve our problems and then some. Solutions may not only erase physical or mental deficits but leave patients better off than ‘able-bodied’ folks. The person who has a disability today may have a superability tomorrow.” – Daniel H. Wilson 


41. “One of the most ignored disabilities on earth is allowing one’s thoughts to discourage one from taking advantage of one’s abilities in life.” – Edmond Mbiaka

42. “The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt.” – Jesse Jackson

43. “I think that everyone has somethizzng about themselves that they feel is their weakness… their ‘disability.’ And I’m certain we all have one, because I think of a disability as being anything which undermines our belief and confidence in our own abilities.” – Aimee Mullins

44. “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” – Albert Einstein

45. “I have a Disability yes that’s true, but all that really means is I may have to take a slightly different path than you.” – Robert M. Hensel

46. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

47. “The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.” – Bill Toomey

48. “Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.” – Stella Young

49. “If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” – Margaret Meade

50. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein 

51.“I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.” – Robert M. Hensel

52. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

53. “We are the trade union for pensioners and children, the trade union for the disabled and the sick… the trade union for the nation as a whole.” – Edward Heath

54. ‘When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.’ – Anne Wafula Strike

55. “Employers have recognized for some time that it’s smart business to have a diverse workforce – one in which many views are represented and everyone’s talents are valued. Well, disability is part of diversity.” – Thomas Perez

56. “You can take them in a wheelchair and put them in a pool, so they can move their arms and legs. In a pool disabled people can do things that they can’t normally do otherwise.” – Jack LaLanne

57. “We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

58. “Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

59. “I don’t have a dis-ability, I have a different-ability.” – Robert M. Hensel

60. “Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.” – Emma Thompson

61. “It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.” – Susan Hampshire

62. “And for a very special group of people, we’ve provided their only job. I’m speaking of course of the disabled. They have stated they don’t want a hand out just a hand. We are happy to give them one.” – Carl Karcher

63. “Placing one foot in front of the other, I’ve climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I’m just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn’t won.” – Robert M. Hensel

64. “Being unconscious is the ultimate disability.” – Jessa Gamble

65. “My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isn’t accessible.” – Stella Young

66. “Childhood vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Indeed, parents whose children are vaccinated no longer have to worry about their child’s death or disability from whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, or a host of other infections.” – Ezekiel Emanuel

67. “It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments.” – Dick Durbin

68. “Congress acknowledged that society’s accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.” – William J. Brennan

69. “I am different but not less.” – Temple Grandin

70. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

71. “Nobody’s good in everything. Advantages and disadvantages come in many forms.” – Charles Schwab

72. “If you’re an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don’t fit in, if you’re not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.” – Steve Guttenberg

73. “Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur.” – Darell Hammond

74. “There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.” – Jim Davis quotes

75. “I’ve had tons of bullies who would call me retarded, even on my Facebook page. It’s sad and it really hurts. I want to tell people not to use the word. Don’t say your friend’s retarded when they do something foolish. If you have a disability, keep working hard. Whatever it takes, do it, and don’t be mean to people.” – Lauren Potter

76. “Limitations only go so far.” – Robert M. Hensel

77. “Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity.” – Stephen Hawking

78. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

79. “I have a son, Mason, who is disabled – cerebral palsy – and he does not walk independently, sit independently or speak. He uses a talking computer. I started becoming an advocate for him when he was 3 years old.” – Laura San Giacomo

80. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

81. “The more I read and the more I talked to other parents of children with disabilities and normal children, the more I found that feelings and emotions about children are very much the same in all families. The accident of illness or disability serves only to intensify feelings and emotions, not to change them.” – Judith Weatherly

82. “Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.” – Simone Weil

83. “People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, and we are the most underrepresented in entertainment.” – Maysoon Zayid

84. “That’s software in the States that I helped to develop. It enables people with disabilities to improvise.” – Pauline Oliveros

85. “A good government is one with a duty to help everyone, to maximise his or her potential: Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and our forgotten families.We will not leave anyone behind.” – Warren Mundine

86. When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails – H. Jackson Brown

87. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

88. “My life goal is to see the world’s one billion people with disabilities embraced and encouraged by the church.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

89. “You can be sure that I will always consider how changes to Social Security will impact people with disabilities when considering the various proposals offered for reform.”
Steve Israel

90. “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

91. “A lot of roles for people with disabilities are quite patronising. It’s a real pity when they are just used to give dull PC kudos to a drama, or when they’re wheeled on in a tokenistic way without any real involvement in the plot.” – Mark Haddon

92. “I want to do theater and I am looking forward to doing more Television and Movies. I also want to direct some plays in theater workshops for people with disabilities.” – Chris Burke

93. “There are so many opportunities in life that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.” — Jim Davis quotes

94. “Being born with a disability can sometimes be a struggle, but it is the ability to overcome such a challenge, that makes it so worth the fight. NEVER GIVE UP!!!” – Robert M. Hensel

95. “I know that there’ll be a continuation of making the world more accessible for people with disabilities.” – Stevie Wonder

96. “As a disabled man, let my life be a reflection of the endless amount of ability that exists in each and everyone of us.” – Robert M. Hensel

97. “We, the ones who are challenged, need to be heard. To be seen not as a disability, but as a person who has and will continue to bloom. To be seen not only as a handicap, but as a well intact human being.” – Robert M. Hensel

98. “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.” – Stevie Wonder

99. “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

100. “Disability is natural. We must stop believing that disabilities keep a person from doing something. Because that’s not true . . . Having a disability doesn’t stop me from doing anything.” – Benjamin Snow

101. “To sit there and tell anybody they can’t do something because of a disability, I think that’s ridiculous.” – Pat McDonald

102. “I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness – I want to turn my disability into ability.” – Susan Boyle

103. “Use the skills that I have got.Do not focus on what I have not.Of course, I am aware of my limitation. Yet, I am a part of God’s wonderful creation.” – William E. Lightbourne

104. “Hold my hand and walk with me.
We must break the back of social inequity;
We must empower every individual with a disability
To live with dignity in an inclusive society.”
William E. Lightbourne

105. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

106. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” – Bethany Hamilton

107. “I can’t change it, That was God’s plan for my life and I’m going to go with it.” – Bethany Hamilton

108. “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton

109. “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” – Bethany Hamilton

110. “I could never have embraced this many people with two arms.” – Bethany Hamilton

111. “The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over.” – Nick Vujicic

112. “If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?” – Nick Vujicic

113. “If the world thinks you’re not good enough, it’s a lie, you know. Get a second opinion.” – Nick Vujicic

114. “I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter.” – Nick Vujicic

115. “In life, you have a choice: Bitter or Better? Choose better, forget bitter.” – Nick Vujicic

116. “We are put in situations to build our character… not destroy us.” – Nick Vujicic

117. “Never give up.” – Nick Vujicic

118. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller

119. “Everything has its wonders, even darkness, and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” – Helen Keller

120. “Keep your face to the Sunshine and you will not see the Shadows.” – Helen Keller

121. “Don’t call us people with disabilities… we have DIFFabilities!” – Edward Barbanell

122. “As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” – Helen Keller

123. “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” – Helen Keller

124. “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

125. “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.” – Helen Keller

126. “If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.” – Helen Keller

127. “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

128. “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller

129. “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.” – Helen Keller

130. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

131. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

132. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

133. “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” – Stephen Hawking

134. “I’m just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn’t won” – Robert M. Hensel

135. “I will crawl upon my knees just to know the joy of suffering.” ― Sidewalk Prophets

136. “Life is all about balance. Since I have only one leg, I understand that well.” ― Sandy Fussell

137. “I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand didn’t really.” ― Jennifer Starzec

138. “I had learned quickly that life doesn’t always go the way I want it to, and that’s okay. I still plod on.” ― Sarah Todd Hammer

139. “Disabled people need more invested in their education, housing, job training, transportation, assistive technology, and independent-living facilities. Governments earn back this investment – and more – by making people with disabilities economically productive citizens.” – Jesse Ventura

140. “Disability is not a brave struggle or courage in the face of adversity. Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” – Neil Marcus

141. “Dancing with a spinal cord injury is a challenge like no other, but I aspired to prove to myself that I could still be a phenomenal dancer even with an SCI” ― Sarah Todd Hammer

142. “The thought of being able to [move my arms] made me want to give up my legs [instead] since I was accustomed to using them. But, I figured that after a few hours of sitting in a wheelchair…I would switch back…in a flash.” ― Sarah Todd Hammer

143. “I am not sick.
I am broken.
But I am happy to be alive.”
Carmen T

144. “Compassion, acceptance and LOVE is the cure to MOST of the issues that plague this world.”  ― Yvonne Pierre

145. “So to all who are situated as I am, I would say–Grow up as fast as you can.”
Randolph Bourne

146. People with disabilities have abilities too and that is what this course is all about – making sure those abilities blossom and shine so that all the dreams you have can come true. – Mary McAleese

147. “I’m not going to be one of those amputees who dances and everyone finds inspiring. I’m not inspiring. I’m just me.” ― Katherine Locke

148. “The video was still playing, although I didn’t know why. It seemed as if the able-bodied dancers were mocking me.” ― Sarah Todd Hammer

149. “Attacking People With Disabilities is the Lowest Display of Power I Can Think Of.”
Morgan Freeman

150. ‘Your child has taught you to see the world through the eyes of unconditional love.’ – Nancy Dyer