71+ Best Temple Grandin Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Mary Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. Profoundly inspirational Temple Grandin quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Temple Grandin Quotes

I am different, not less. Dr. Temple Grandin

If I could snap my fingers and be non autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am. Temple Grandin

Some children may need a behavioral approach, whereas other children may need a sensory approach. Temple Grandin

Some teachers just have a knack for working with autistic children. Other teachers do not have it. Temple Grandin

Children between the ages of five to ten years are even more variable. They are going to vary from very high functioning, capable of doing normal school work, to nonverbal who have all kinds of neurological problems. Temple Grandin

A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis. Temple Grandin

There is a tremendous range of children with a PDD label. Temple Grandin

I’m seeing too many kinds of socially awkward kids that get through school and then they can’t hold a job because they haven’t learned the discipline of get up in the morning.

When I was younger I was looking for this magic meaning of life. It’s very simple now. Making the lives of others better, doing something of lasting value. That’s the meaning of life, it’s that simple.

I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.

When kids are really little, they all look the same. No speech, no social relatedness, cannot emphasize enough the importance of early educational intervention.

I strongly recommend that students with autism get involved in special interest clubs in some of the areas they naturally excel at. Being with people who share your interests makes socializing easier. Temple Grandin

The world needs different kinds of minds to work together. Temple Grandin

I’m seeing too many geeky, nerdy kids get addicted to video games and they’re going nowhere. It’s making me crazy. Temple Grandin

I’ve got a lot of other people who do a lot of things for me, so I’ve gotten to a part in my career where I’m doing a lot of talks because I want to get kids turned on. I want to see these kids, these geeky nerdy kids, go out there and do something. Temple Grandin

There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of on what he cannot do. Dr. Temple Grandin

The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic, because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It’s like being in a play; I’m always in a play. Temple Grandin

People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet. Temple Grandin

The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes. Dr. Temple Grandin

I tend to be much more in the present and my emotions are simpler. I can be happy, I can be sad, I can be depressed, but there’s a complexity that I don’t have. I don’t brood the same way. Fear is my main emotion. Temple Grandin

What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done. Temple Grandin

I think a brain can be made more thinking or made more emotional. At what point does this become abnormal? Autism in its milder variants, I think, is part of normal human variation. Temple Grandin

If I could snap my fingers and be non autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am. Temple Grandin

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin

By looking at autistic kids, you can’t tell when you’re working with them who you’re going to pull out, who is going to become verbal and who’s not. And there seem to be certain kids who, as they learn more and more, they get less autistic acting, and they learn social skills enough so that they can turn out socially normal. Temple Grandin

I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.Temple Grandin

In special education, there’s too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength. Temple Grandin

People need to learn how to work, learn how to support themselves. I think it’s just fine to be eccentric. Temple Grandin

Nature is cruel but we don’t have to be. Temple Grandin

I can explain how a person with autism thinks. I am very, very interested in how people think. It’s been a gradual process of learning more and more about how my thinking process is different. You know it’s bottom up  you take specific examples to make concepts and then I put them in categories. Temple Grandin

I am a big believer in early intervention. Temple Grandin

Some autistic children cannot stand the sound of certain voices. I have come across cases where teachers tell me that certain children have problems with their voice or another person’s voice. This problem tends to be related to high pitched ladies’ voices. Temple Grandin

Autism is a neurological disorder. It’s not caused by bad parenting. It’s caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain’s computer cables that hook up the different brain departments. Temple Grandin

What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done. Temple Grandin

A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis. Temple Grandin

You can’t punish a child who is acting out because of sensory overload. Temple Grandin

I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream. Temple Grandin

Autism is part of who I am. Temple Grandin

In college I did a lot of talking out loud because it helped me organize my thinking. A lot of autistic people talk out loud for the same reason. Temple Grandin

The first thing an effective manager must do to take care of the animals is get rid of employees who are bullies. Temple Grandin

What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done. Temple Grandin

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin

We have got to work on keeping these children engaged with the world. Temple Grandin

The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things. Temple Grandin

Autism is a kind of way station on the road from animals to humans, which puts autistic people like me in a perfect position to translate ‘animal talk’ into English. Temple Gradin

My Advice is: You always have to keep persevering. Temple Grandin

I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution  know that my life has meaning. Temple Grandin

I am different, not less. Temple Grandin

Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be. Temple Grandin

I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect. Temple Grandin

If you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn’t have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social ‘yak yaks. Temple Grandin

I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution  know that my life has meaning. Temple Grandin

If I could snap my fingers and be non autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am. Temple Grandin

The thing is I don’t think in a language, and animals don’t think in a language. It’s sensory based thinking, thinking in pictures, thinking in smells, thinking in touches. It’s putting these sensory based memories into categories.  Temple Grandin

Animals make us Human. Temple Grandin

The world needs all types of minds. Temple Grandin

Neither living nor learning was good without order. Temple Grandin

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin

Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley. Temple Grandin

A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis. Temple Grandin

I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream. Temple Grandin

The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic, because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It’s like being in a play; I’m always in a play. Temple Grandin

My grandfather was an engineer who invented the automatic pilot for airplanes. Temple Grandin

I think that autistic brains tend to be specialized brains. Autistic people tend to be less social. It takes a ton of processor space in the brain to have all the social circuits. Temple Grandin

We have got to work on keeping these children engaged with the world. Temple Grandin

You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out. Temple Grandin

If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out. Temple Grandin

About meltdowns I feel trapped. I have a weird tension in my head or my arms. I want to get out. Everything around me suddenly feels extremely real, like I’ve just come out of the water, I feel all sorts of emotions all at once and I want to run away from them all. I lose sight of what is socially appropriate and start to say things I either don’t mean or something I’ve wanted to say deep down. Whenever that happens I end up hurting someone or confusing everyone.

I am a big believer in early intervention. Temple Grandin