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Deaf Quotes and Quotations

May 16, 2008

By Bug

“Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.”-Indian Proverb Quotes

“Signs are to eyes what words are to ears. “- Ken Glickman (Deaf Proverbs Book Writer)

“Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.- Leo Nikolaevich (Russian Moral Thinker 1828-1910)

” No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. “ – Jewish Probverb Quotes

“I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound.” – Helen Keller ( Blind and Deaf American Author and Educator 1880-1968 )

“It requires wisdom to understand widsom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.” – Walter Lippmann (American Writer, Journalist and Political Commentator 1889 – 1974)

“Just a thought….it is interesting to see that DEAF people can function in the hearing world very well while hearing people cannot function well in the DEAF world. “ – Gil Eastman ( Gallaudet Theatre Art Professor 1934-2006)

“Deaf people can do anything, except hear.”- I. King Jordan (Former President of Gallaudet University)

“Sign language is useful to the deaf but vital to the Italians “- Paul Carvel (Belgian Author, Writer, and Editor)

“Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. “- Bible Quotes

“Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind see. “- Mark Twain (American Humorist, Satirist, Lecturer, Writer) 

“Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. “- Leo Nikoaevich Tolstoy (Philosopher, Thinker, and Novelist)

“The problem is not that the (deaf) students do not hear. The problem is that the hearing world does not listen. “- Rev Jesse L. Jackson ( American Civil Rights Activist, Minister) 

” I’ve always wanted to write a book relating my experiences growing up as a deaf child in Chicago. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn’t all about hearing aids and speech classes or frustrations.” – Marlee Matlin (Deaf Actress)

“At some point we have to stop and say, There’s Marlee, not There’s the deaf actress.” – Marlee Matlin (Deaf Actress)

“No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.” – Jewish Proverb quotes

“All disputation makes the mind deaf; and when people are deaf, I am dumb “ – Joseph Joubert ( French Moralist and Essayist 1754-1824)

“An umpire in Australia undoubtedly needs to be deaF – in both ears.” – Patrick Rowley (British Sportswriter)

“In terms of a disability, I don’t view myself as having a disability…I function like any other hearing person can. My deafness does not deprive me of anything. I can do anything I want. Except maybe sing.”  Summer Cider (Gallaudet University Recruiter)

“I’m not really deaf; I just faked it to win the Oscar … KIDDING.” – Marlee Matlin (Deaf Actress

“Making the world a better place for the next Deaf generation—and for Deaf people now.” – Matthew S. Moore (Deaf Life Editor)

“The students at Gallaudet University deserve our congratulations. They educated the nation about deafness, and won a long overdue victory for all disabled people.” - Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ( The following quotations were made after the Deaf President Now Protest of March 1988 )

“As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people.” – George Veditz, 1913. ( Former President of National Association of the Deaf )
  
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  1. immy
    May 16, 2008 at 6:49 am

    this is exactly of who i am…

    “In terms of a disability, I don’t view myself as having a disability…I function like any other hearing person can. My deafness does not deprive me of anything. I can do anything I want. Except maybe sing.” Summer Cider (Gallaudet University Recruiter)

  2. Jean Boutcher
    May 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Glickman writes:

    “Deaf people can do anything, except hear.”- I. King Jordan (Former President of Gallaudet University)”

    For the sake of the historical truth, it was the late Dr. Frederick Schreibner, president of the NAD, who said that line (infra supra). May I, therefore, suggest that Glickman
    re-write “I. King Jordan borrowed the late Dr. Frederick
    Schreibner’s line.” He might take the liberty to add that
    albeit late-deafened, I. King Jordan prefers being considered as “hearing” (media, 1978).

    Jean Boutcher

  3. Jacey125
    May 16, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I do enjoy reading this and the comments from two people here….Bug

    As I am deaf from birth is something that I learned from my dad, he often told me “Be proud of yourself, show the people who you are and do not allow them to push you down, if they do, they have no knowlege of beauty life in the deaf world”

  4. May 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    :) @ Immy

    Jean Boutcher, I didn’t know that. I appericate your sharing. Thank you.

    Jacey, glad to hear that you enjoy reading the Deaf quotes. It took me a lot of time to find them but fun.

    Bug

  5. May 17, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Wow, I liked the way you got all the quotes together on the list. Cool, Bug!

    Here is Jodi’s favorite quote I once added on my blog with my favorite picture I posted…
    Kindness is the language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.
    Christain Nestell Boveee

    That is Jodi’s favorite quote ;)

  6. Billythegoat
    May 18, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. By the way, I’m blind, deaf, mute, and late… if you know what I mean.”-Helen Keller

  7. flbigmouth
    May 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Growing up oral is a waste of educating,learning the true sign language from my hands has the meaning of education.

    flbigmouth

  8. Kerol
    March 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hello i am a hearing person, and I love the quotes ive read so far. I learn a little about the Deaf people. I was currently taking a class named the Introduction Of Sign Language and it was awesome

  9. samwel mwangi
    June 7, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I recently visited a deaf school.i liked it,i loved them,i fell in love.those who think deaf is inability,its beauty.

  10. Larry Lang
    February 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I am Deaf. this has inspire me to help me keep positive

  11. May 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Fantastic enjoyable article. I’ll add it to my list now. Thanks for sharing ! :-)

  12. Finn Lewis
    June 16, 2012 at 2:50 am

    thanks so much :) very interesting article. B-) <3 :) ;) :P :D

  13. Mr.Sarchasm
    August 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

    As I’ve just recently lost over 3/4 of the hearing I had left, this page is highly inspirational. Thank you

  14. deaf.love
    August 13, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Finn Lewis :
    thanks so much very interesting article. B-) <3

  15. neetu
    October 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    me too deaf…hmm but i can hear the world

  16. Anonymous
    November 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I love all these quotes. My son is deaf and I have been learning Sign Language since he was about 6 mnhs old; he is 21 now. He can do “ANYTHING” ….I’m so proud of him. I do encourage anyone out there to appreciate a hearing impaird person and the struggle they have sometimes to reach their dreams. They are not different…they are UNIQUE…Love,
    Lucy

  17. March 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Louise,I wouldn’t mind doing a liltte of homework of my own. For instance, please tell Ben that he is my “hero” because:1) He accepts everyone as they are.2) His heart never lets him give up (Only him and I can truly know what this means).3) His is the king of video games and so very funny!I love him too!!!Mattp.s. Please, ask Ben, “Does he want to go see Dolphin Tale?” –it looks like a must see!

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