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James Earl Jones

“I think a stutterer ends up with a greater need to express himself, or perhaps, a greater awareness of the deep human need for expression. Being a mute or stutterer leaves you painfully aware of how you would like to say something. . .But at the moment, you are too busy making the choice to speak or not to speak, to use this word or that word. . .The desire to speak builds and builds until it becomes part of your energy, your life force.”

Mark Brodinsky

“It’s one of the most basic of  human desires, the need to communicate, to speak and to be heard. When the thoughts are there, the ideas are many, the gift you want to share is on the tip of your tongue, but the words refuse to come easy…this is where courage must be summoned, for the world is waiting, because every voice matters.”

John Stossel

“The happiest stutterers, I learned, are those who are willing to stutter in front of others.”

Katherine Preston

“I do not know who I would be without my stutter. I have come to see that my stutter is me. . .My stutter has made me who I am; I have achieved all I have not in spite of it, but because of it. It might be the best thing that ever happened to me. . .After years of coming to grip with a different kind of voice, with a different kind of life, I have learnt that it is our imperfections that ultimately make us beautiful. I have learnt that they are what give us our humanity and what bring us, finally, into focus.”