Deaf Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Deaf Quotes from famous persons: Millicent Simmonds, Nyle DiMarco, Menachem Begin, Roger Taylor, E. F. Benson. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Deaf Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

Texting has definitely improved the communication betwe

Texting has definitely improved the communication between the deaf and hearing communities, but it shouldn’t be… a substitute for learning the language to really connect with someone, especially someone you want to date or have a relationship with.
I love it when I surprise photographers that, despite the fact that I am deaf, I am capable of meeting their vision. I love it that I can read their body language and know what they do not like and what they do like.
He who threatens us will find us deaf to his threats. We are willing to listen only to rational arguments.
I am a little deaf now. Without my hearing aids in, I miss a lot of peripheral sounds. I had tinnitus, too, for a while.
Taste is one of the five senses, and the man who tells us with priggish pride that he does not care what he eats is merely boasting of his sad deficiency: he might as well be proud of being deaf or blind, or, owing to a perpetual cold in the head, of being devoid of the sense of smell.
E. F. Benson
The deaf community has shaped me as an artist and a person, and I am very grateful that I have been able to share and create so much art with a group of people I would have never imagined sharing and creating with. It’s a true testament to the power of theater. There are no walls.
I don’t need pity. I want to be looked at like a musician, because I am one. I happen to be deaf.
While taking sign language in high school, one of our assignments was to go out and participate in the deaf community, so I really got to know a lot of the group from that. I felt like they needed a little bit more of a voice because people treat them different just because they’re hearing impaired.
How many deaf people do you know in real life? Unless they live in a cave, or are 14, which seems to be true for most people in this business, what could I possibly tell them that they don’t already know?
The way I miss my daughter Esme is to worry about her. It is not a pleasurable longing. It contorts my body and scrambles my brain, makes me stop breathing, clench my jaw and my fists, it makes me frown, and makes me blind and deaf, in fact entirely without sensory perception.
Olivia Williams
Be it terrorists or ‘blinded by greed‘ capitalists or ‘deaf and dumb and siloed’ officials, special interests will always tyrannize the common good.
We do need more deaf people in Hollywood. But I don’t think that deaf people always have to play a deaf role. I think we can play different roles. We need to see more diversity period. More people of color. More disabled people. More gender diversity. All kinds of diversity.
I lived in New York until I was eleven years old, when my mother left my two older sisters and my father. My mother is 90 percent blind and deaf. She left and moved all the way to California. So I left my two older sisters and my father behind at the age of eleven and moved cross-country to take care of her.
Victor Mitchell
I am the fourth generation of being deaf.
A friend of mine has a son who became deaf through meningitis. He called me one spring and asked me to keep a week out of my schedule because he wanted to start a school for deaf kids. I wanted to help.
Stan Mikita
I’m half deaf. I have nerve damage and a constant ringing in both of my ears, and there are certain times and conditions when I can hardly hear at all.
James Nachtwey
In the deaf community, there are different types of people who have different philosophies. Some believe that they should only sign. Some believe they should only speak. Some people say you should use cued speech. Some say you should use cochlear implants. Some say you shouldn’t sign. Some people say you should sign.
I hope I inspire people who hear. Hearing people have the ability to remove barriers that prevent deaf people from achieving their dreams.
With the right support, a deaf child can do exactly the same as a hearing child, yet constantly, they’re being failed.
The cause is very close to my heart, and I’m proud to be supporting NDCS in helping deaf children overcome the challenges they face in everyday life.
As Christians, we are responsible for our fellow brothers and sisters suffering and fighting for the basic resources we all need to survive. To deny this is to turn a deaf ear to God’s teachings.
You need to be able to communicate what you feel – good or bad. But when I feel things are falling on deaf ears, I take a step back.
Mosaic‘ is about what we see and what we don’t see. I learned how people can develop other senses to compensate for a missing one when I was a child. My best friend, Carol, who is profoundly deaf, saved me from an approaching car that sheheard‘ when I didn’t.
Gayle Lynds
The court today, just as in 1776, is deaf to the voices of the people and their repeated entreaties: they have become arrogant, contemptuous, highhanded, and literal despots.
I grew up with deaf teachers, and I thought all deaf children should have exposure to deaf educators.
I can not remember even thinking that I was deaf when I was dancing.
Stephanie Beacham
Trust is not simply a matter of truthfulness, or even constancy. It is also a matter of amity and goodwill. We trust those who have our best interests at heart, and mistrust those who seem deaf to our concerns.
When I lost my hearing, my mom got a deaf mentor to come into the home.
There is research proving that deaf people have increased visual abilities.
It’s exciting to share an art form that I would never have imagined sharing with the deaf community. Doing musicals, it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’ll do a musical with a deaf person.’
Would I have signed to Def Jam if I knew they was deaf? Nah.
I actually then went on to direct an after-school special where one of the characters was deaf. They hired me without even knowing I had any connection to the community.
Richard Masur
The deaf community is hungry to see itself in the most positive way.
Lupe Ontiveros
People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they’re going deaf, it has to be played louder still.
Growing up, I was always involved in the deaf community.
I know deaf people. I have discussed the issues with them I’ve also thought about them a lot so I have some insights that go a little further than people who haven‘t had contact with the deaf community.
Richard Masur
If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.
Most profoundly deaf people have speech that is very difficult to understand.
Richard Masur
I feel the need to reframe our community positively and better deaf youth‘s lives, and with the ‘DWTS’ platform, I can – but it’s not enough until I win.
I am not deaf. I hear the anger. I see the dissatisfaction, and I have to go faster.
I am going a bit deaf and I am hoping that technology is going to come on leaps and bounds and that one day I will hear better.
There are two worlds: the deaf world and the hearing world. There are some people in the deaf community that feel that hearing people look down on us.
Sean Berdy
I think you have everyone kind of pulling on the same end of the rope. It’s not like you’re Robin Williams and everyone else is a deaf mute. It’s like – there’s plenty of help.
I was raised by a single black deaf woman, so I am as independent as they come.
If you’re powerful, you are much more likely to be blind and deaf to signals from outside.
I’ve seen the needless struggles that deaf children and deaf people face, and that gave me the impetus to write.
There are many issues within the deaf community but, for me, none more important than access to education for deaf children.
I was actually tone deaf until I had tumors in my ears – I had very small ear canals – removed. Once they fixed that, I was actually able to sing in a pleasant manner.
Lauren Worsham
I think the easiest application to help people understand what quorum sensing is and why it’s important to study is to tell them that if we could make the bacteria either deaf or mute, we could create new antibiotics.
Despair is a cop-out, the ultimate abdication of all responsibility, in which people feel justified in their feelings of impotence. But if, on the other hand, you feel that your work in the world does make a difference and that you do have the power to change things, the nay-sayers will turn a deaf ear.
There are people who are born deaf and grow up deaf who don’t speak at all, and some of them have told me that they resent a little bit that I do speak. But, you know, I have to be myself. I have to do what I’m comfortable doing.
I. King Jordan
In Australia, a deaf person attending an interview must take their own interpreter at their own expense, or ask the employer to provide one. Believe me, nothing says ‘I’m the best person for this jobquite like asking an employer to pay to interview you.
I was deaf and dumb and blind to all but me, myself and I.
Right after college, I was trying to figure out what to do. Teach? Act? Model? Do PR for the deaf community? And now I’m doing all I dreamed of and more.
I can’t add above 10, I can’t draw a stick figure, and I’m tone deaf. So I had to be able to do something. I found that something was picking successful models.
My brother was listening to his transistor radio. He kept switching the earpiece from one ear to the other, which I thought was his idea of a joke. ‘You can’t do that,’ I said. ‘You can only hear out of one ear.’ ‘No, I can hear out of both,’ he answered. And that was how I discovered I was deaf in my right ear.
I am tone deaf.
Rachelle Lefevre
In other restaurants you’ll see employees signing to each other, since we also hire many deaf men and women.
Carl Karcher
I hated my childhood. It was loathsome. My parents were deaf and dumb. Profoundly so. They could make noises when they were emotionally aroused, but they couldn’t form it into speech.
In the evening, since I have a lot of friends in theater, we might take in a Deaf West production in North Hollywood, or, since I’m a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, they have screenings that are really great.
I’m ready to take the world by storm and have them look at me and say, ‘Deaf people can dance.’
I was studying pre-med at UCLA when I decided show business was for me, and the best way to make it was in music. I had just one problem. I was tone deaf.
The deaf community relies so much on eye contact, expression and body language. It’s such a huge part of who we are.
I just have a connection with sign language. I always thought the deaf community was a different community to be a part of. In high school, me and my friend took sign language.
Deaf people are struggling to find their favorite show or something that represents them. It’s hard. There are some examples of shows that have a deaf storyline in one episode, like Cold Case, or another show where they are focusing on the cochlear implant or the medical aspect.
Sean Berdy
I’m totally deaf in my right ear, yeah.
I’m not a deaf musician. I’m a musician who happens to be deaf.
Cancer cells have a lot of other things that are really wrong with them, and we should never forget that these are cells that have become deaf to all the signals that the body sends out, such as you can multiply a certain amount, you can be in a certain place in the body, where to stay, where to move, and so on.
Most of the time, I get auditions for deaf characters where the scene has them communicating in really convoluted ways, like reading lips from across the room when the other person’s back is turned or having other people parrot what they say.
Shoshannah Stern
Mum prayed to the Lord that when her children were born they wouldn’t be tone deaf. Mum says at two years old I was singing my own little songs, she didn’t know where I’d heard it so I must have made it up. I used to sing along with the radio.
None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.
Matthew Henry
Why have I been chosen to deliver the message of female intelligence and its divinity to a deaf world of males? I have asked my god that question and She answered, ‘Hey, why not you Roseanne?’ Indeed, why not each of us?
I grew up outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a little town, and went to a regular high school. I was a… very average student in that high school. Then I joined the Navy, and while I was in the Navy, I was in a motorcycle accident and woke up deaf in a hospital.
I. King Jordan
People after death become complete again. The blind can see, the deaf can hear, cripples are no longer crippled after all their vital signs have ceased to exist.
I must confess that I lead a miserable life. For almost two years, I have ceased to attend any social functions, just because I find it impossible to say to people, ‘I am deaf.’ If I had any other profession, I might be able to cope with my infirmity; but in my profession, it is a terrible handicap.
Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?
I think the biggest misconception is that people think deaf people are not able to do things.
The deaf community and the hearing community, there’s not always a ton of interaction.
If I’d been born into a hearing family and went to a public school, I would have probably felt much more isolated, and being deaf would have become my identity.
After becoming deaf, I realized that I’d better get an education if I was ever to do anything with my life.
I. King Jordan
Music is universal too. Even deaf people like to dance, love rhythm, and can kind of pick it up.
For ‘For Real,’ where I play a singer who has to give up her passion for her husband and family, I practised singing for hours, in bathroom, in subways, though I am tone deaf.
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
The deaf community is nearly never portrayed accurately on television/film because most writers never took the time to immerse themselves in the deaf culture before portraying it on television. They also never got to know their deaf actors.
Sean Berdy
We have our own culture, our own community. A lot of people don’t realize that. They just assume that deaf people are very unfortunate, very disabled, but no.
Righteousness and faith certainly are instrumental in healing the sick, deaf, or lame – if such healing accomplishes God’s purposes and is in accordance with His will. Thus, even with strong faith, many mountains will not be moved. And not all of the sick and infirm will be healed.
What the Bleep Do We Know was not written with a deaf person in mind, but when they met me, it clicked with them to have me in it. But that happens with a lot of actors in Hollywood, not just with me.
People who want to be singers can be nurtured and taught, and they can make great strides. But, the truth is, if you are completely tone deaf, it is never going to happen for you. It’s just a reality of life. It’s like me thinking I can be an Olympic swimmer. It ain’t gonna happen!
Hear only the things you should hear – be deaf to others.
Ford Frick
In effect, I feel like a blind, deaf, and illiterate person working through the sensibilities and multiple, real talents of other people. Everything I do is collaborative.
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
There are so many people, deaf or otherwise abled, who are so talented but overlooked or not given a chance to even get their foot in the door.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing need all the support we can give them.
I think being deaf gave me an increased sense of sight.
Our war cries opened the deaf ears of the almighty government and its accomplices.
Subcomandante Marcos
Anybody with my background in the airline business who is not deaf is a fraud.
Maurice Flanagan
I was very shy. I didn’t really hang around with hearing people very much. Mostly I had deaf friends.
‘Hear My Heart’ was constructed with the deaf in mind. I wanted a bass line that felt like a heartbeat. I wanted to be able to touch the speakers and feel a clear sense of rhythm.
I am one hundred percent ready to be a spokesperson for the deaf community.
Before working with Deaf West, I had never met a deaf person, and now I can’t imagine life without ASL.
Due to the closure of many deaf schools in the U.K., deaf children are forced to attend mainstream school. I don’t mind this idea: I think it’s inclusive, and it better prepares children for life in a hearing world. I don’t mind this idea – if that child gets the right support.
God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.
Thomas Brooks
Although I’m deaf in only my left ear, when there is noise all around, I’m unable to distinguish sounds and can’t hear anything.
When I signed up for ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ I was nervous. If I threw everything off, there are 10-15 million people watching, and that would be a negative viewpoint of deaf people, and I didn’t want that.
The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
This meeting was like many of the meetings that I would go to over the course of two years. The only way I can describe it is that, well, the president is like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people. There is no discernible connection.
Paul O’Neill
If Beethoven could write his ‘Eroica Symphonystone deaf, then William Wyler can do a musical.
But as far as my work is concerned, I see no impediment, and various advantages, to being deaf.
Stephanie Beacham
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 met a girl when I was in third grade. Kids were beating her up – she was deaf – so I walked her home. Her parents were deaf and they gave me the alphabet on a card. I learned it and taught my friends how to do the alphabet – which was outlawed in our school because we used to talk to each other in class.
I was born deaf. Sound never existed in my life, and this is completely normal to me.
Often in the past, when we have had a deaf person in the spotlight, we have been portrayed badly. It was up to me to change that.
The deaf culture is portrayed very accurately on ‘Switched at Birth‘ because the writers did the opposite of the norm. They did their homework before portraying anything on television.
Sean Berdy
Written communication is a tremendous help for me, and so when electronic mail was invented in ’71, I got very excited about it, thinking well, gee, the deaf community could really use this, or the hard-of-hearing community as well.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
I am going slightly deaf in my right ear. It’s tinnitus… something like that.
I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It’s quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S.
Grissom comes from a place where we know he had a deaf mother, he was raised in a silent household, on some level, had a father who potentially was not around and he learned what he knew by himself in the back yard, with bugs and animals. He’s not comfortable being a supervisor and that’s his problem.
At some point we have to stop and say, There’s Marlee, not, There’s the deaf actress.
I was born deaf, and I gained my hearing back when I was six months old – it was a miraculous event.
Lindsay Pearce
I would love to do a talk show. Naturally, I would love to do more films. I’d love to be able to see casting directors more willing to put in a character who happens to be deaf. I’m not talking about doing deaf storylines, but putting in deaf characters. I’d love to be able to do Broadway.
I would say that we are living in an age that is increasingly spiritually blind and morally deaf. The man who does not shout is not going to be heard.
Richard Platt
I was a sign language interpreter from when I was 17, but I don’t do that anymore. Both of my parents were deaf. I grew up in a deaf household. I don’t do any jokes about it really, but yeah that was my day job.
When I was young I knew I was deaf. I couldn’t accept it.
Those who tell you that the territorial question is an abstraction, that you can never colonize another territory without the African slavetrade, are both deaf and blind to the history of the last sixty years.
I know a little bit about deaf culture because a friend of mine has been in the deaf culture for awhile. Over the course of 25 years, she and I have talked about many of the issues and concerns for deaf people and deaf culture.
Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends. This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears.
What I want to do is encourage more of that, more deaf presence in TV, movies, acting, modeling – that’s really what I want to work toward.
Dumbness comes from the fact that a child is born deaf and that it consequently never learns how to articulate, for it is by the medium of hearing that such instruction is acquired.
I did my first series lead back in 1991 on a show called ‘Reasonable Doubts‘ and have done many shows with other actors who are deaf. But ‘Switched at Birth’ is the first TV show where there is more than one actor who is deaf or hard of hearing and who are series regulars.
In the deaf community, there is exactly that – a community. It’s like nothing I see in the hearing world. It’s old fashioned, I guess, and beautiful.
If New York is a wise guy, Paris a coquette, Rome a gigolo and Berlin a wicked uncle, then London is an old lady who mutters and has the second sight. She is slightly deaf, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
Differences among deaf people are okay, but we need to recognize those differences and work together.
I. King Jordan
All rock musicians are deaf… Or insensitive to mellow sounds.
Marc Bolan
I don’t know that hearing people have ever felt that experience of truly being left out. They have easy communication, while deaf people can’t join in. It takes more time to communicate with us.
Because we make ourselves deaf to feedback, because we overestimate our abilities, because we become consumed with ourselves, we end up subjecting ourselves not just to the inevitable stumbles or difficulties of life but catastrophic, painful failures.
Policing of the disabled and how many deaf people get shot by cops is sort of insane. And it’s not talked about.
I became deaf when I was 18 months old. And I learned to sign when I was 5 years old.
If one can only see things according to one’s own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind.
My message to my deaf community is that we can redefine anything however we want. Anything is re-definable only if we believe and work hard for it.
At the end of the day, ‘My Deaf Family’ is about a typical family that all of us can identify with but told from an unusual and what I believe will be a fascinating perspective.
John Glenn’s father, known as Herschel, was mostly deaf from injuries in World War I. To help out at home, young Glenn sold rhubarb all over town from the family garden.
I ask you: turn a deaf ear to the special interests. Let politics stand down for a while. don’t waste anytime thinking about future elections until we’ve done our jobs here.
I wanted to be a lead singer in a band. I can’t sing. I’m almost tone deaf. I still play. Next life, rock’n’roll for sure.
Jorja Fox