28 Inspirational quotes of Optimism for people with disabilities

Sometimes things may get harder and every individual struggles with their overwhelming emotions. It is okay to feel down from time to time, as it is what makes you enjoy the beautiful times.

Acknowledge your situation and make the best out of what you have, to create the future you aspire for. The words you say to yourself are powerful and they push you towards achieving more.

Here are 28 optimistic quotes about disability and some encouraging words that you need to smile and be cheerful for a future full of possibilities.

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    I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.

    L. M. Montgomery was a Canadian author published amazing literary work: 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays, well-recognized for her book Anne of Green Gables 1908.

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

    Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.

    Martina Navratilova is a former professional tennis player and coach, recognized as one of the best tennis players of all time. 

    Abled does not mean enabled. Disabled does not mean less abled.

    Khang Kijarro Nguyen is a photographer, artist and performer.


    If the world thinks you’re not good enough, it’s a lie, you know. Get a second opinion.

    Take this quote as an advice to Never look down on yourself. There is greatness inside each one of us and you should never listen to people who might try to bring you down. 

    Being disabled does not mean Un-abled, just Different Abled.

    Mr Noel Helm is the director of the Office of Student Accessibility at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. 

    It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I'm not crazy about using.

    Marlee Matlin is actress, author and activist. First deaf performer to nail an Academy Award and win in the best actress category.


    Disability cannot stop me from becoming a complete personality.

    Samyak Lalit does amazing social service with 90% disability in both his legs. He is an author, a social worker and a disability rights activist.

    I am different but not less.

    Temple Grandin is a scientist diagnosed with autism. She studies and deals with animal behaviours.

    When you have a disability, knowing you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.

    Anne Wafula Strike is British Paralympic wheelchair racer. She is a courageous athlete,  author, and sporting ambassador known for her services towards Disability Sport and Charity work.


    Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

    Hope is a powerful tool. It makes you believe in a brighter future and boosts your will towards getting there. Always dreaming more and be hopeful of a better place. 

    As a disabled man, let my life be a reflection of the endless amount of ability that exists in each and every one of us.

    A bend in the road is not the end of the road. Unless you fail to make the turn.

    Develop the ability to adapt to the circumstance and keep climbing towards more success. A curve in the road doesn’t mean you should stop and always seek new roads.

    Helen Keller was an American author who advocated for disabled people’s rights. She was a lecturer and an activist in politics despite losing her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months.

    Her words suggest that one should not focus on only the bad going on around the world, for there is also good and joy to be celebrated. Aspire to be the change people need. 


    Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

    Keep your face to the Sunshine and you will not see the Shadows.

    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 to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.


    We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

    I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.

    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.


    No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

    One must lead a life with an optimistic view. The notion is true, positive attracts positive. only those who dream and long for more with positive views can reach for the stars.

    Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

    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.

    Walt Whitman was a Famous English poet, journalist, and essayist. Well-recognized for his amazing poetry including his remarkable one “Leaves of Grass”.

    Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.

    Shane E. Bryan was diagnosed with Dystonia, but it didn’t stop him from realising his dream of being an author and inspiring people through his published books. Like Bryan, Your disability can be a blessing in a curse’s clothing. Don’t look at it as a defect in your life, rather a blessing and a gift. You just have to learn how you channel it. 


    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.

    The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over.

    When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling. In My Dreams, I Dance

    Don’t allow your disability to determine what you are and what you aim for. You are who you set yourself to be and you can always reach what you commit to. Victory over your disability has a nice taste to it. 


    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 was a great artist and a playwright and an actor. He was an activist in the disability culture and was diagnosed with dystonia when he was 8 years old.

    Having no expectations shows pity, which shows sadness, sorrow & regret. A child with a disability needs support. Stand behind him, champion and back him! Believe in him and have expectations! They inspire hope, excitement, eagerness and success! Which would you want others to give you

    Joan Scanlon-Dise is an occupational therapist helping patients with Cerebral Palsy, Brain Damage, Auditory Processing Disorder among others.

    Final Words

    In our journey through life, we all come across moments when our emotions become overpowering and we find ourselves struggling to stay afloat. Living with a disability can make it even more challenging. But acknowledging our circumstances and embracing our emotions is the step towards a brighter future.

    We must always remind ourself of how capable and strong we are to take control of the situation and find new ways. And the way we talk to ourselves plays a role in pushing us towards a lot of great possibilities.

    So let these optimistic quotes about disability serve as a source of inspiration and remind us that life is filled with opportunities waiting for us to seize them.

    It doesn’t matter if you use a wheelchair, crutches, a cane or any kind of device, you can always arrive at where you want to go