Oscar Pistorius is well-known for transcending difficult circumstances. Here are some of the South African Paralympian’s more memorable quotations.
You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.
The more I accomplish, the more pressure I put on myself.
Everyone has setbacks. I’m no different. I happen to have no legs. That’s pretty much the fact.
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’ve never gone out to prove people wrong. I just want to be the best that I can possibly be.
Out of the tens of thousands of prosthetic legs they’ve made, there’s never been any 400-meter athletes run under 50 seconds. So, if this was such a technologically advanced prosthetic leg, then how come not everyone’s qualifying, or coming close to the qualification time, then?
The guy’s (Oliviera’s) legs are unbelievably long. Not taking away from Alan’s performance — he’s a great athlete — but these guys are a lot taller and you can’t compete (with the) stride length.
I would never want to detract from another athletes’ moment of triumph and I want to apologise for the timing of my comments after yesterday’s race. I am a proud Paralympian and believe in the fairness of sport.
I didn’t want to run if I was a cheat. I didn’t want to have the slightest doubts in my mind. I believe in the purity of sport. I don’t like people who take short cuts. I’d never be involved in sport if I had the slightest doubts.
Your success is directly dependent on the passion and perseverance that you display.