Helen Keller quotes

Helen Keller Quotes

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”


“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”


“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”


“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”


“The highest result of education is tolerance.”


“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”


“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”


“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”


“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”


“We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.”


“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”


“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”


“Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.”


“Life is a succesion of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”


“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.


“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”


“True friends never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.”


“Ideas without action are useless.”


“So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.”


“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”


“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”


“My friends have made the story of my life.”


“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first!”


“The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”


“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.”


“The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.”


“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”


“There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness.”


“Happiness is a state of mind, and depends very little on outward circumstances.”


“I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with a light of love.”


“Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again.”


“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”


“You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles.”


“A good education is a stepping-stone to wealth.”


“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”


“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”


“My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges.”


“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.”


“We should respect all people.”


“Better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”


“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”


“The best things in life are unseen, thats why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry, and dream.”


“Oh, you think the darkness is your ally, but you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it.”


“Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.”


“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”


“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”


“What really counts in life is the quiet meeting of every difficulty with the determination to get out of it all the good there is.”


“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”


“The highest result of education is tolerance. Long ago men fought and died for their faith; but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, – the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren and their rights of conscience.”


“Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.”


“Everybody talks, nobody listens. Good listeners are as rare as white crows.”


“I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.”


“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.”


“Literature is my Utopia.”


“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”


“Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people.”


“I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower – the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.”


“Happiness is like the mountain summit. It is sometimes hidden by clouds, but we know it is there.”


“Knowledge is love and light and vision.”


“True teaching cannot be learned from text-books any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery.”


“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”


“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”


“I have made my limitations tools of learning and true joy.”


“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”


“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”


“If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life. If, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.”


“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.”


“When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people.”


Fear: the best way out is through.”


“Be happy, talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours.”


“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.”


“The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but rather the care given to the welfare of all the people.”


“What do I consider a teacher should be? One who breathes life into knowledge so that it takes new form in progress and civilization.”


“We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others.”


“Silver is purified in fire and so are we. It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed.”


“How spiritually blind are men that they fail to see that we are bound together. We rise or fall together; we are dwarfed or godlike, free or chained, together.”


“I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.”


“Every one of us is blind and deaf until our eyes are opened to our fellowmen, until our ears hear the voice of humanity.”


“One should never count the years – one should instead count one’s interests. I have kept young trying never to lose my childhood sense of wonderment. I’m glad I still have a vivid curiosity about the world I live in.”


“If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.”


“The true test of a character is to face hard conditions with the determination to make them better.”


“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.”


“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”


“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”


“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”


“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”


“Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge – broad, deep knowledge – is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.”


“To keep on trying in spite of disappointment and failure is the only way to keep young and brave. Failures become victories if they make us wise-hearted.”


“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”


“The inferiority of women is man-made.”


“I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.”


“What induces a child to learn but his delight in knowing?”


“No loss by flood and lightning, no destruction of cities and temples by the hostile forces of nature, has deprived man of so many noble lives and impulses as those which his intolerance has destroyed.”


“History is a record of the incessant struggle of humanity against ignorance and oppression.”


“Ignorance, poverty, and greed must disappear so that light can prevail in all places.”


“It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life.”