Lipreading Practice


Quotes about something that is relevant to our own situation can sometimes help us to make more sense of that situation. Sometimes when we feel a bit negative it helps that someone else has felt this way too – we are not alone. Always try to use quotes in a positive way so that you feel better afterwards. Try to focus on what the person behind the quote has accomplished and use this to spur yourself on. We don’t have to be famous or to make the headline news – we should celebrate every step forward that we make and every success we have.

I hope the quotes provide inspiration for you but if they are not for you, ignore them – we are all different. You do what is best for you.

“Blindness separates people from things;

Helen Keller

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

Helen Keller

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart."

Helen Keller

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

Helen Keller

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.”

Helen Keller

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement ”

Helen Keller

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

Marlee Matlin - Actress

"The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind. "

Marlee Matlin - Actress

"I hope that through my example, such as my role on 'The West Wing,' I can help change attitudes on deafness and prove we can really do everything... except hear."

Marlee Matlin - Actress

"When I got into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, a doctor told me to give up the course as I'd be totally deaf within a couple of years. But I refused to give in."

Stephanie Beacham

"I cannot remember even thinking that I was deaf when I was dancing."

Stephanie Beacham

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. "

Mark Twain

Dr. King Jordan, the seventh president of Gallaudet University, Washington DC,USA 1988-2006, quoted Frederick Schreibert, saying

"Deaf people can do anything hearing people can, except hear,"

which became the motto of the deaf community.

"Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face"

Evelyn Glennie (deaf percussionist)

"Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life."

E M Forster (novelist)

"You can see how irritated people get with you, having to speak louder and repeat everything. Even Rafe gets sick of having to say everything three times."

"You can see how irritated people get with you, having to speak louder and repeat everything. Even Rafe gets sick of having to say everything three times."

John Simpson

John is determined not to let his problems get him down Despite his deafness,....

"I’m not going to whinge about it. I could have been killed, lost a leg or been blinded. I feel it’s rather bad karma to complain about it."

Donna Bowater The Telegraph

“ Lipreading is immensely difficult, a grossly inadequate substitute for hearing; the miracle is that with all the difficulties it works at all.”

Action on Hearing Loss Article

"At some point we have to stop and say, There's Marlee, not, There's the deaf actress."

Marlee Matlin

John is showing no sign of giving up war reporting and was recently seen on our screens broadcasting live from the conflict in Libya.

Action on Hearing Loss Article

“I called for transformation of public opinion from uncommitted indifference to one of active co-operation.”

Jack used lipreading to enable him to fulfil his role as MP for Sheffield and he was a Champion for the disabled. Written in 1973 – I think that there is still much to do!!

Jack Ashley - Journey into Silence

Jack Ashley

“Any attempt to unravel the misunderstanding of disabled people is always welcome. When I lost my hearing and became totally deaf, someone said: ‘Jack Ashley’s not really deaf, he just can’t hear’. It seemed to be a ridiculous comment but I later discovered that born-deaf people, who may be without speech, and who rely entirely on sign language, are a distinctive community. They are proud of their history, heritage, and that comment indicated, rightly, that I was not one of them. That is clear in retrospect but it shows how easily misunderstandings can arise.”

Tam Dalyfell - The Indpendent

"The greatest challenge comes when one fails to realize that the real ‘handicap’ of deafness does not lie in the ear. It lies in the mind. Though some have said that deafness cuts you off from people, I can say that happens only if you let it. If this were not true, there would not be successful deaf doctors, lawyers, educators, scientists, business people and even actors." [Including Matlin herself].

Marlee Maitlin

Remember, no one will ever have to choose between being blind or deaf. And we all have challenges in life of one kind or another. But I’m sure you’ll agree that we can achieve much more in overcoming barriers if we focus on our abilities rather than dwell on our perceived "disabilities."

From the internet About Health - Article on Marlee Maitlin Actress, Writer, Producer


"You can see how irritated people get with you, having to speak louder and repeat everything. Even Rafe gets sick of having to say everything three times."

Donna Bowater The Telegraph

Evelyn Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, having started to lose her hearing from the age of 8. This does not inhibit her ability to perform at an international level. She regularly plays barefoot during both live performances and studio recordings to feel the music better

Evelyn Glennie Hearing Essay - wikipedia

Evelyn Glennie contends that deafness is largely misunderstood by the public. She claims to have taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears. In response to inaccurate reporting by the media, Evelyn Glennie published "Hearing Essay" in which she discusses her condition.

Evelyn Glennie