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.
There is a big difference between being good and being great.
I still find it strange, I suppose, when I say to someone, 'Can you just pass me my leg?' But I don't ever think about my disability.
I have a strong sense that I have to educate people about disability. Oscar Pisto
I have a strong sense that I have to educate people about disability. Oscar Pistoriu
Rio in four years; I've got more inspiration in the last two, three weeks. I'm sure I'm going to get more in the Paralympics in the next coming weeks, so by the end of this season, I'm going to take a month off, and then the next four years is going to be good.
Everyone has setbacks. I'm no different. I happen to have no legs. That's pretty much the fact. Oscar Pisto
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?
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!
Oscar Pistorius is on the cusp of a paradigm shift in which disability becomes ability, disadvantage becomes advantage. Yet we mustn't lose sight of what makes an athlete great. It's too easy to credit Pistorius' success to technology. Through birth or circumstance, some are given certain gifts, but
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.
I made the mistakes not because I'm tired.
Putting on my legs is like putting on my shoes. I understand that's how some people might think differently, but I hope that in London, their perceptions open up.
Everyone has setbacks. I'm no different. I happen to have no legs. That's pretty much the fact.
When you're competing, you don't have the choice of what the weather will be like. It really doesn't affect me. I ran one of my fastest times in the New York Diamond League meeting last year. It was raining pretty hard then.
Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am! God, family and friends, my competitors and supporters! You have all had a hand!
The only disability in life is having a bad attitude
I have run two Olympic 'A' standard times over the past 12 months and with the time I ran at the African Championships last week I know my speed and fitness are constantly improving so that I will peak in time for the Olympics.
I have a strong sense that I have to educate people about disability.
Being disabled doesn't have to be a disadvantage.
I've been followed home late at night. I've been shot at on the highway.
I don't see myself as disabled. There's nothing I can't do that able-bodied athletes can do.
These have always been my legs. I train harder than other guys, eat better, sleep better and wake up thinking about athletics. I think that's probably why I'm a bit of an exception.
You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.
To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together.
I don't see myself as disabled. There's nothing I can't do that able-bodied athletes can do. Oscar Pistoriu
You don't call the witness a liar, not while he is in the witness box.
The more I accomplish, the more pressure I put on myself.
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.
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.