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Helen Keller Quotations

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

Helen Keller 1880-1968, American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, Amorist

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

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

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

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

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

  6. "College isn't the place to go for ideas."

  7. "God himself is not secure, having given man dominion over his work."

  8. "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."

  9. "I can say with conviction that the struggle which evil necessitates is one of the greatest blessings. It makes us strong, patient, helpful men and women. It lets us into the soul of things and teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcomings of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail."

  10. "I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace."

  11. "I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace."

  12. "I have often been asked, ''Do not people bore you?'' I do not understand quite what that means. I suppose the calls of the stupid and curious, especially of newspaper reporters, are always inopportune. I also dislike people who try to talk down to my understanding. They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating."

  13. "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."

  14. "I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses."

  15. "It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision."

  16. "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."

  17. "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."

  18. "College isn't the place to go for ideas."

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

  20. "'Knowledge is power.'' Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge -- broad, deep knowledge -- is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life."

  21. "Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others."

  22. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

  23. "Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness."

  24. "Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

  25. "Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed."

  26. "My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious."

  27. "My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness."

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

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

  30. "Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom."

  31. "Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful."

  32. "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."

  33. "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."

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

  35. "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."

  36. "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

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

  38. "Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived."

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

  40. " The highest result of education is tolerance."

  41. "The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all."

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

  43. "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."

  44. "The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."

  45. "There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention."

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

  47. "To think clearly without hurry or confusion; To love everybody sincerely; To act in everything with the highest motives; To trust God unhesitatingly."

  48. "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."

  49. "The best way out is always through."

  50. "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."

  51. "We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."

  52. "We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."

  53. "We 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."

  54. "What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self."

  55. "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."

  56. "When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."

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

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