Helen Keller

United States lecturer and writer who was blind and deaf from the age of 19 months; Anne Sullivan taught her to read and write and speak; Helen Keller graduated from college and went on to champion the cause of blind and deaf people (1880-1968)

click to add your vote (59 votes)

Famous quotes by Helen Keller:Sort:PopularA - Z

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
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.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
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.
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I am in, therein to be content.
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
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.
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something I will not refuse to do something I can do.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight silence would teach him the joys of sound.
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 long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family fued.
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 thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
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.
Is there anything worse than being blind? Yes, a man with sight and no vision.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.
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.
Keep your eyes to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.
Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Knowledge is love and light and vision.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security 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 exposure.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the sense shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
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.
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.
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.
Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
No pessimest ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
One's life story cannot be told with complete veracity. A true autobiography would have to be written in states of mind, emotions, heartbeats, smiles and tears not in months and years, or physical events. Life is marked off on the soul by feelings, not by dates.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
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.
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.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
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.
The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even heard, they must be felt with the heart.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
The world is full of suffering but it is also full of people overcoming it.
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.
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.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.
Toleration is the greatest gift of mind, it requires that same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
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.
Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
We would never learn to be patient if there were only joy in the world.
When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun.
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.
When one door of happiness closes, another one opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened to us.
When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
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 opened for us.
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.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

Share your thoughts on Helen Keller's quotes with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this author page to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Helen Keller Quotes." Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. <http://www.quotes.net/authors/Helen Keller>.

Missing a quote of Helen Keller?

Know another good quote of Helen Keller? Don't keep it to yourself!


The Web's Largest Resource for

Famous Quotes & Sayings


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network