"You are not disabled by the disabilities you have but able by the abilities you have"
"I have a strong sense that I have to educate people about disability."
"I'd like to show people that if you put the hard work in and you believe in yourself, then you can do whatever you want to."
"Everyone has setbacks. I'm no different. I happen to have no legs. That's pretty much the fact."
"I want to wake up every day and feel that I'm training harder than my competitors, that I'm dieting harder, that I'm recovering better. That's what gives me confidence when I'm lining up on the blocks. I've never gone out to prove people wrong. I just want to be the best that I can possibly be."
"My parents didn't give me any scope to feel sorry for myself. They were just like 'go play with your brother, go climb a tree, go fall off your motorbike, do whatever you want. Don't come crying to us when you get scratched. You've got prosthetic legs - that's very nice.'"
"I don't want to be competing in a sport where I feel that I'm here not on my talent and my hard work but because of a piece of equipment."
"I don't see myself as disabled. There's nothing I can't do that able-bodied athletes can do."
"If the legs did provide such an advantage that some of the people are claiming they did, then there would be a lot more amputees using the exact same prosthetic legs I have, running the exact same times I have - and that’s not the case."
"I just want to run as fast as I can,” he says. “I want to be treated like any other athlete and I want to be able to challenge myself and perform at the highest level. As soon as you push boundaries, you meet with opposition, but I’m not doing anything wrong. I want to make the most of my God-given talent. That’s all."
"If there’s something I can do to be faster, I just do it, it’s simple."
"I write down what the weather was like and how training went beforehand. I write down how I got there, including whether the train was late or the traffic was bad. I write down what I ate and how I was feeling and details of any injuries, how much rain there was that day. Everything. I do it so that when it comes to a race in the future, if I’m not feeling great, or haven’t eaten well, I can look back and know that the last time I ate badly, I still managed to win the race. Every race is won or lost in the head, so you have to get the contents of your head right. Writing things down helps you to control your thoughts."
"Being a perfectionist is everything. If you skimp, you lose. With me, it’s a mindset, and I’ve always had it. I joke that if I toast bread it has to be perfectly toasted. I suppose it’s a bit OCD in many ways, but that’s the way I am. I just don’t like short cuts. If I do something, it has to be done properly."
"I realise that I have a disability, but I also have lots to offer. I’ve been very lucky in so many ways, and I want the chance to give all I can for my family, my God and my country."
~ Quotes taken from various sources
"The rest of the family were encouraged to take a particular attitude to Aimee. Our father always instructed us to treat her like a 'lady'."
"...people see you exactly as you see yourself, and I was relaxed and confident."
"Blisters and sores can form on the point of contact, and if these worsen further amputation is often necessary. The risk is particularly serious for people who, like me, have undergone a bilateral amputation of the legs because, unlike someone who has lost an arm, we are obliged to place our entire body weight on the prosthetic."
"Not a disabled athlete, simply an athlete."
~ Quotes taken from the book “Blade Runner – My story”, 2009 by Oscar Pistorius. First published as “Dream Runner” in 2008
"Don't sweat the small things and chase your aspirations"
"If the birds are chirping then I want to be up with the sunshine and face my day!"
"As you start the week know that your success is entirely dependent on the passion and perseverance that you display!"
"It's impossible to make everyone happy. Some will choose to see the negative. None is perfect but find a way of loving them perfectly!"
"Just arrived at the gym. Keen to work hard this morning. May you all be blessed and find a way of blessing someone else today."
"Being home has made me realise how blessed I am, how much I love what I do and that one must ride the world's ups and downs."