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A collection of quotes by Temple Grandin on autism, Asperger, animals, humanity, life, disabilities, spiritual, society, psychology, morality, cruelty and heroism.

27 Thought-Provoking Temple Grandin Quotes Everyone Must Know

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Famous As: Professor

Born On: August 29, 1947

Born In: Boston

Temple Grandin is a prominent American autism expert, animal behavior expert and author. She was diagnosed with autism at a very early age and faced difficulties in interacting with her peers. She came up with a squeeze box famously called as a ‘hug box’ to relieve her stress and tension, which is being used globally as a comforting therapy by autistic children. She deeply researched on animal behavior and gave significant thesis which brought her immense respect. She gained knowledge of slaughter plants and started working as a consultant for big companies. She wrote various books on animal behavior and autism which were critically appreciated including ‘Thinking in Pictures, and Other Reports from My Life with Autism’. Her best-selling book is ‘Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior’ which summed up all her studies of animal welfare. Her biography was adapted in a film named after her, bagged in a ‘Golden Globe’ award and won various ‘Emmy Awards’. She has also appeared in various television shows and presently works as a professor of animal science at the Colorado State University. Here is a compilation of inspiring quotations and sayings by the renowned author who has been the flag bearer of autism movement. Read on the collection of motivational quotes and thoughts by Temple Grandin who has been a guiding light people on and off the spectrum.
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I am different, not less.

Temple Grandin

Nature is cruel, but we don't have to be.

Temple Grandin

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.

Temple Grandin

I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.

Temple Grandin

You simply cannot tell other people they are stupid, even if they really are stupid.

Temple Grandin

If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.

Temple Grandin

I believe there is a reason such as autism, severe manic-depression, and schizophrenia remain in our gene pool even though there is much suffering as a result.

Temple Grandin

The worst thing you can do is nothing. (re: teaching children with autism)

Temple Grandin

Animals make us Human.

Temple Grandin

Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.

Temple Grandin

[T]he only place on earth where immortality is provided is in libraries. This is the collective memory of humanity.

Temple Grandin

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.

Temple Grandin

There’s a saying in engineering: You can build things cheap, fast, or right, but not all three.

Temple Grandin

DIFFERENT NOT LESS

Temple Grandin

My mind can always separate the two. Even when I am very upset, I keep reviewing the facts over and over until I can come to a logical conclusion.

Temple Grandin

Animals like novelty if they can choose to investigate it; they fear novelty if you shove it in their faces.

Temple Grandin

Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people.

Temple Grandin

Neither living nor learning was good without order.

Temple Grandin

Children who are visual thinkers will often be good at drawing, other arts, and building things with building toys such as Legos.

Temple Grandin

I get great satisfaction out of doing clever things with my mind, but I don’t know what it is like to feel rapturous joy.

Temple Grandin

Bad things always happen when an animal is overselected for any single trait. Nature will give you a nasty surprise.

Temple Grandin

In a noisy place I can’t understand speech, because I cannot screen out the background noise.

Temple Grandin

I replaced emotional complexity with visual and intellectual complexity. I questioned everything and looked to logic, science, and intellect for answers.

Temple Grandin

Many autistic children like to smell things, and smell may provide more reliable information about their surroundings than either vision or hearing.

Temple Grandin

There's a point where anecdotal evidence becomes truth

Temple Grandin

Kanner had cause and effect backward. The child wasn’t behaving in a psychically isolated or physically destructive manner because the parents were emotionally distant. Instead, the

Temple Grandin

It is human nature to strive.

Temple Grandin