73 Best Helen Keller Quotes

This collection of Helen Keller quotes includes inspirational quotes, motivational quotes and quotes on life. At the age of 19 months, Helen Keller became deaf and blind as a result of a childhood illness. Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, was called the “Miracle Worker” for her role in helping Helen overcome deafness and blindness. As an adult, Keller went on to become an author, lecturer and political activist. Helen dedicated her life to helping the conditions of the deaf and blind. Winston Churchill called her, “The greatest woman of our age.”

Best Helen Keller Quotes

  1. No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
  2. No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
  3. True education combines intellect, beauty, goodness, and the greatest of these is goodness.
  4. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
  5. Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
  6. We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
  7. It is said that success is happiness. I think goodwill and service to all men are the true kind of happiness.
  8. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
  9. The best and most beautiful thing in life is friendship that springs out of the heart, as fragrances out of the flower.
  10. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
  11. To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.
  12. One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
  13. Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
  14. We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

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Helen Keller Vision Quote

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

Security

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.

“I am only One”

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.

Optimism

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope.

Helen Keller Sunshine

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Important

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.

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.

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

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

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

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.

Did you know? Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree.

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Fun Helen Keller Fact: Helen Keller attended school because of Anne Sullivan’s assistance and in 1904 she became the first deaf and blind person to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is also a graduate of Radcliffe.

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Notable

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.

The highest result of education is tolerance.

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.

I am thankful that in a troubled world no calamity can prevent the return of spring.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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

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

Motivational

It is not blindness or deafness that bring me my darkest hours. It is the acute disappointment in not being able to speak normally. Longingly I feel how much more good I may have done, if I had only acquired normal speech. But out of this sorrowful experience I understand more clearly all human striving, wanted ambitions, and infinite capacity of hope.

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

Some people are foolish enough to imagine that wealth and power and fame satisfy our hearts; but they never do, unless they are used to create and distribute happiness in the world.

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

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Fun Fact: Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

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Funny

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.

On Happiness

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.

Happiness is the final and perfect fruit of obedience to the laws of life.

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

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.

I take happiness very seriously. It is a creed, a philosophy and an objective.

If we do not like our work, and do not try to get happiness out of it, we are a menace to our profession as well as to ourselves.

It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

Happiness is a state of mind, and depends very little on outward circumstances. Cultivate happiness in yourself and in others, and you will wonder at the beauty, the richness, the power that come from you through your bright spirit.

I do not want the peace that passes understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

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Fun Helen Keller Fact: “Water was the first word that Helen Keller learned. On her first day, she had learned 30 words in total.

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Famous Sayings

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.

I really care for nothing in the world but liberty in all the departments of life – liberty to grow mentally and spiritually, untrampled by tradition and arbitrary standards.

If we don’t make the most of ourselves, how can we expect to be made much of by others?

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

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

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.

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.

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Fun Helen Keller Fact: Helen Keller was the first person who was deaf and blind to write a book.

Inspiring

It gives me a deep, comforting sense that ‘things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.

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.

It is not required of every man and woman to do or be something great. Most of us have to be content to take small parts in the drama of life.

The power of effecting changes for the better is within ourselves, not in the favorableness of circumstances.

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.

The world is sown with good; but unless I turn my glad thoughts into practical living and till my own field, I can not reap a kernel of good.

Unless we can help the world where we are, we could not help it if we were somewhere else.

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Fun Helen Keller Fact: Helen’s love of dogs was a constant in her life. Helen was the first person in the U.S. to own an Akita.

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On Life

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.

What life can be more satisfying than to think high thoughts undisturbed and keep one’s spirit in the strong, simple wisdom of nature’s ways?

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

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.

More On Living

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.

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

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Fun Helen Keller Fact: During World War II, Helen visited veteran’s hospitals to provide encouragement and support to those who were blinded during the war.

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On Optimism and Attitude

Optimism that does not count the cost is like a house built on sand.

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it, while every pessimist would keep the world at a standstill.

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

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.

More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

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.

Only people count. Only people who think and feel and work together make civilization.

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