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Quotes by Amy Purdy

A Collection of Quotes by Amy Purdy

“In the smallest interactions—a kind word to a friend, a smile to a passerby, a gesture of compassion to even a stranger—we have many opportunities to care for one another, as well as to use our lives and our gifts to the fullest extent.”

“I got this second chance at life, and I live it.”

“I was on my death bed, and I remember hanging on to these words, ‘Don’t be scared. You are going to live an amazing life,’ and I have.”

“For me, a bad day is when I have nothing going on.”

“Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I consider my darkest days some of my most spiritual.”

“The thing with prosthetic feet is you can’t have all this crazy motion, or you’d be all over the place – because it’s mechanical, and it’s outside your body.”

“It’s not about breaking down borders. It’s about pushing off of them, and seeing what amazing places they might bring us.”

“In my dreams, whatever I am doing, I look down to see if I have prosthetics. It sets my time frame in my dream, I think. I’d have these dreams that I am running and launching myself, and I look down and see that I have prosthetics. I have a lot of those, where I do great, amazing things with my prosthetics.”

“If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the question that changed my life forever.”

“I love the smell of rain, and I love the sound of the ocean waves.”

“I’m a big oatmeal fan. For my every-morning breakfast, I will do oatmeal with cinnamon, goat’s milk or even butter, with apples and raisins, and then I’ll maybe do some eggs, say two poached eggs with that.”

“I always say snowboarding saved my life. It gave me a reason to focus on the future; it gave me something to be passionate about.”

“I simply do the things that inspire me, be that snowboarding, designing clothing, or dancing.”

“We all have disabilities. Just some are more visible than others. We all have challenges, we all have obstacles.”

“We all have things that limit us and that challenge us. But really, our real limitations are the ones we believe.”

“I made a choice before I lost my legs that I was going to live the best life possible and that I wasn’t going to let this slow me down – and that choice has kept me moving forward.”

“I’m very grateful that I’ve had the opportunities I’ve had.”

“In snowboarding, I’ve always looked at really strong competitors through a lens of gratitude rather than envy in the sense that the better my competition is, the more it forces me to work hard, focus, and be better myself if I want to succeed, which I do.”

“As humans, we need to reach out for support.”

“If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.”

“We can either see our circumstances as a set of random cruelties and then allow those hardships to turn us into bitter victims; or we can recognize the fact that, though we may never comprehend why hard things happen, they do, and when they do, we can reach for a larger purpose beyond the pain.”

“I feel that losing both my legs was a blessing. It was meant to happen to me: I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to touch so many lives in such a positive way.”

“Road trips to me are just such an escape. You listen to your music, and you roll the windows down. You’re usually going to somewhere fun”

“That’s the problem with bacterial meningitis: it progresses really fast. You think you have the flu, and they say within 15 hours it’s severely deadly – for sure within the first 24 hours – but even the first 15 hours.”

“But the truth is that I don’t want to simply offer others a fleeting moment of “inspiration.” I want my story to spark real change.”

“I’ve learned that borders are where the actual ends, but also where the imagination and the story begins.”

“I’m not trying to be an inspiration, but I’m flattered to be considered one.”

“Instead of looking at our challenges and limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go.”

“We all have challenges. You can let them be obstacles or roadblocks, or you can use them.”

“It’s when I compare myself to what other people are able to do that I run into trouble. It is a bummer. I just constantly try to put things into perspective.”

“We live as if we know how everything will turn out. I certainly lived that way. But we don’t know anything. Really, we don’t.”

“There are plenty of people who have legs who are way more disabled than me.”

“I’ve since learned that we don’t always need to know the ‘how,’ we just need to know the ‘why.'”

“If your life were a book, and you were the author, how would you want your story to go?”

“If you want something bad enough and you work hard enough, anything’s possible.”

“I’m learning how strong I am, how resilient I am. I’m learning my weaknesses.”

“You don’t always have to have the most amazing story. It’s learning to share the story you have that counts.”

“Growing up in the hot Last Vegas desert, all I wanted was to be free. I would daydream about traveling the world, living in a place where it snowed, and I would picture all of the stories that I would go on to tell.”

“I have two prosthetic legs. This is my life; what am I going to do with it? And it’s put me on this amazing journey. I can look back and be completely grateful and say I would never want to change anything.”

“It’s believing in those dreams and facing our fears head on that allows us to live our lives beyond our limits.”

“Yes, there are things that I can’t change, but the things I can, I’m going to do everything in my power to work very hard through them and come out stronger on the other side.”

“I visualized what I wanted for my life; it reminded me that I have control over my thoughts, my actions and how I wanted this story to end.”

“My motivation is not to try to inspire, but rather to do things that inspire me and hopefully that will spread to others.”

“Of course, there are benefits to having prosthetics. I can make myself as tall as I want. I can wear flip-flops in the snow if I wanted to. There’s benefits.”

“A lot of times, people think ‘para’ as far as ‘paralyzed.’ ‘Para’ means ‘alongside,’ so the Paralympics are alongside the Olympics on the same courses, the same hills.”

“When we embrace the things that make us unique, our true and remarkable capabilities are revealed.”

“After losing my legs and the life I knew, I became aware that in order to move forward with my life, I had to learn to let go of the old Amy and somehow embrace the new Amy.”

“My legs haven’t disabled me. If anything, they’ve enabled me.”

“Dancers know how to move their arms and their hands. But I don’t know the first thing about how to move my arms and hands gracefully.”

“Our borders and our obstacles can only do two things: (1) stop us in our tracks, or (2) force us to get creative.”

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