Helen Keller Quotes

Most popular Helen Keller Quotes

Literature is my Utopia.
β€” Helen Keller (The Story of My Life)

literature utopia

Knowledge is love and light and vision.
β€” Helen Keller

knowledge

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.
β€” Helen Keller (Let Us Have Faith)

defeat

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
β€” Helen Keller (Let Us Have Faith)

adventure life

The highest result of education is tolerance.
β€” Helen Keller (Optimism)

education

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
β€” Helen Keller

life

Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.
β€” Helen Keller
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
β€” Helen Keller
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
β€” Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
β€” Helen Keller
We can do anything we want to do, if we stick to it long enough.
β€” Helen Keller
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
β€” Helen Keller

aspiration determination

It is not possible to refer a complex difficulty to a single cause.
β€” Helen Keller (Out of the Dark)

difficulties

Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
β€” Helen Keller
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
β€” Helen Keller (Home)

happiness hardship

Life is an exciting business and most exciting when it is lived for others.
β€” Helen Keller
The attempt to suppress an idea has always and everywhere proved a failure.
β€” Helen Keller (To Love This Life)

ideas

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
β€” Helen Keller (Out of the Dark)

joy

There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract but not for the concrete.
β€” Helen Keller
The most pathetic man in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
β€” Helen Keller
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
β€” Helen Keller

hopeful positive suffering

He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress.
β€” Helen Keller (Out of the Dark: Essays, Lectures, and Addresses)

contentment

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
β€” Helen Keller (Optimism)

suffering

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
β€” Helen Keller (Optimism: An Essay)

hope optimism

The simplest way to be happy is to do good.  This is instant and infallible happiness.
β€” Helen Keller (Home)

happiness

It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world.
β€” Helen Keller (Midstream)

civilization youth

I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
β€” Helen Keller
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world.
β€” Helen Keller
I regard philanthropy as a tragic apology for wrong conditions under which human beings live.
β€” Helen Keller (To Love This Life: Quotations by Helen Keller)

charity

It gives me a deep comforting sense that Things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.
β€” Helen Keller
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
β€” Helen Keller

confidence hope optimism success

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
β€” Helen Keller

optimism

We cannot freely and wisely choose the right way for ourselves unless we know both good and evil.
β€” Helen Keller
I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud.
β€” Helen Keller (in New York Call)

brotherhood of man war

The best-educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed.
β€” Helen Keller

education

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
β€” Helen Keller
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
β€” Helen Keller

happiness

The most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
β€” Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in world can not be seen or even touched. They must be felt with heart.
β€” 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.
β€” Helen Keller

ancestry family

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or in the life of another.
β€” Helen Keller

doing your best

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
β€” Helen Keller (Let Us Have Faith)

fear

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
β€” Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
β€” Helen Keller
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
β€” Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor heard, nor touched . . . but are felt in the heart.
β€” Helen Keller
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them allβ€”the apathy of human beings.
β€” Helen Keller (My Religion)

apathy

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.
β€” Helen Keller

potential

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.
β€” Helen Keller

apathy

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all β€” the apathy of human beings.
β€” Helen Keller
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
β€” Helen Keller (Optimism: An Essay)

pessimism

Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledgeβ€”broad, deep knowledgeβ€”is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.
β€” Helen Keller (The Story of My Life)

knowledge

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
β€” Helen Keller
I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flowerβ€”the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.
β€” Helen Keller (Midstream)

God

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.
β€” Helen Keller
All true service is God's service, when we do the best we can.  We never know what miracle is wrought in our own life or the life of another.
β€” Helen Keller (The Delineator)

doing your best

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.
β€” Helen Keller

brotherhood of man responsibility

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 that has been opened for us.
β€” Helen Keller
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.
β€” Helen Keller (The Open Door)

happiness loss opportunity

There are no such things as divine, immutable or inalienable rights.  Rights are things we get when we are strong enough to make good our claim to them.
β€” Helen Keller (in New York Call)

rights

Many men have the wrong idea about what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
β€” 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.
β€” Helen Keller (The Open Door)

purpose of life

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
β€” Helen Keller (Let Us Have Faith)

risk-taking

I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me a horror of a family feud. I look upon true patriotism as the brotherhood of man and the service of all to all.
β€” Helen Keller

brotherhood of man

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.
β€” Helen Keller
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.
β€” Helen Keller (Helen Keller’s Journal: 1936-1937)

character

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.
β€” Helen Keller

devil

I believe that life is given us so we may grow in love, and I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower – the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.
β€” Helen Keller
My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.
β€” 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 nor awkwardness.
β€” Helen Keller

books

A child must feel the flush of victory and the heart-sinking of disappointment before he takes with a will to the tasks distasteful to him and resolves to dance his way through a dull routine of textbooks.
β€” Helen Keller

school

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.
β€” Helen Keller (We Bereaved)

attitude fortune privilege

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.
β€” 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.  Happiness should be a means of accomplishment, like health, not an end in itself.
β€” Helen Keller

happiness

I used to thinkβ€”when I was small, and before I could readβ€”that everybody was always happy, and at first it made me very sad to know about pain and great sorrow; but now I know that we could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
β€” Helen Keller (Helen Keller)

joy

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. 'Light Give me light' was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
β€” Helen Keller