Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 — June 1, 1968) was a blind and deaf American author and educator. Her education and training represent a remarkable achievement in the education of people with these disabilities. But while remarkable, Helen Keller is remembered for so much more! She was a writer, activist, and educator whose lifetime of public advocacy for a variety of communities and causes had a global impact. She was outspoken too, which is why we are blessed with so many inspirational Helen Keller quotes.
Thought-provoking Helen Keller quotes
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.
I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Knowledge is love and light and vision.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
God himself is not secure, having given man dominion over his work.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
As my knowledge of things grew, I felt more and more the delight of the world I was in.