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Helen Keller

Helen Keller holding a magnolia, ca. 1920.
Born Helen Adams Keller
(1880-06-27)June 27, 1880
Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.
Died June 1, 1968(1968-06-01) (aged 87)
Arcan Ridge
Easton, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Author, political activist, lecturer
Alma mater Harvard University[1]

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
Helen Keller
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.
Helen Keller
Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.
Helen Keller
While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
Helen Keller
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
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.
Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.
Helen Keller
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Helen Keller
No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
Helen Keller
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
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.
Helen Keller
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
Helen Keller
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller
I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
Helen Keller
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
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.
Helen Keller
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
Helen Keller
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
Helen Keller
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
Helen Keller
Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves – and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
Helen Keller
It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
Helen Keller
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Helen Keller
True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Helen Keller
Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
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.
Helen Keller
As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Helen Keller
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
Helen Keller
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Helen Keller
What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller
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.
Helen Keller
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.
Helen Keller
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Helen Keller
Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
Helen Keller
Knowledge is love and light and vision.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Helen Keller
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
Helen Keller
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
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.
Helen Keller
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Helen Keller
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
Helen Keller
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
Helen Keller
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
Helen Keller
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller
As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
Helen Keller
It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.
Helen Keller
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
Helen Keller
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller
Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
Helen Keller
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
Helen Keller
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.
Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Helen Keller
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.
Helen Keller
We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Helen Keller
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
Helen Keller
Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.