Inspiring Quotes

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.”

Malcolm Fraser

“If there were some way to distract your mind from thoughts of fear so that you didn’t think about your stuttering, you would probably have no trouble.”

John Updike

“Those who stutter win, in the painful pauses of their demonstration that speech isn’t entirely natural, a respectful attention, a tender alertness. Words are, we are reassured, precious.”

Dorvan H. Breitenfeldt

“We need to learn to live successful, fulfilling lives in spite of this constant companion.”

David Seidler

“In a very strange sense, being a stutterer, as dark and unpleasant as it can be, is a blessing. . . If you can survive a childhood as a stutterer, you can pretty much survive anything. It changes you. You know you have withstood this affliction, and you are made of strong mettle. And it is absolute proof that you have the stamina to overcome any obstacle you come across in life. Even if you don’t achieve absolute fluency, that’s really not the point. The point is who you are, what you are, and your real worth. If you can live through a childhood of stuttering, you can live through anything. And if you can go into adulthood still stuttering, you can handle anything. . .You have been tempered by fire.”