The Best Autism and Asperger’s Quotes

There’s no doubt that living with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a challenge — and that’s before facing all the stigma. At times, ASD can make you feel too calculating, too analytical, alone, judged, like a prisoner in your own mind, and sometimes just plain wrong. Of course, there are good days, too — days when you feel happy, days when you can joke about the fact that you have a Game of Thrones obsession even George R. R. Martin can’t top. But that’s where this list of unabashedly candid and inspiring words of wisdom comes in. Whatever kind of day it is, there’s a quote here that every “Aspie” will appreciate.

“It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential.” — Hans Asperger

“I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare into someone’s eyeballs.” — John Elder Robison

“You are not in the mountains, the mountains are in you.” — John Muir

“All metaphors are lies.” — Christopher, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

“I look at autism like a bus accident, and you don’t become cured from a bus accident, but you can recover.” — Jenny McCarthy

 “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” — Dr. Seuss

“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross, and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” — Christopher, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

“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.” — Dr. Temple Grandin

“I don’t need sleep, I need answers. I need to determine where, in this swamp of unbalanced formulas, squatteth the toad of truth.” — Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory

“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” — Coach Elaine Hall

“My brain is like Google Images.” — Dr. Temple Grandin

“I also have Asperger’s but I can manage it. It wasn’t diagnosed until the early Eighties when my wife persuaded me to see a doctor. One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement — I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever. That’s when the idea of my film Ghostbusters was born.” — Dan Aykroyd

“Cure for obsession: Get another one.” — Mason Cooley

“On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger’s. Like me, they’re smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.” — Jodi Picoult, House Rules

“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” — Dr. Stephen Mark Shore

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