"I see thousands of lights in my nocturnal cities. These images or hallucinations have greater clarity, are more fine-grained, than perception itself, as if my inner eye had an acuity of 20/5 rather than 20/20."
"Going blind, especially later in life, presents one with a huge, potentially overwhelming challenge: to find a new way of living, of ordering one's world, when the old way has been destroyed."
"Defects, disorders, diseases... can play a paradoxical role, by bringing out latent powers, developments, evolutions, forms of life, that might never be seen, or even be imaginable, in their absence."
"Such experiences enlarge the imagination and show us what is often concealed in health: the complex workings of the brain and its astounding ability to adapt and overcome disability—to say nothing of the courage and strength that individuals can show, and the inner resources they can bring to bear, in the face of… challenges."
"Ask not what disease the person has, but rather what person the disease has."