Helen Keller quotes

Born
June 27, 1880 Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.

Died
June 1, 1968.

Occupation
Author, political activist, lecturer.

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

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

It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.
– Helen Keller

My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
– Helen Keller

While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
– 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

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
– Helen Keller

The highest result of education is tolerance.
– Helen Keller

Knowledge is love and light and vision.
– Helen Keller

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
– Helen Keller

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
– Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
– Helen Keller

So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
– Helen Keller

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
– Helen Keller

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

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

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
– Helen Keller

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller

What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.
– Helen Keller

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
– Helen Keller

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
– 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

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

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
– Helen Keller

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

Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
– Helen Keller

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

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

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

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

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
– 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

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

College isn’t the place to go for ideas.
– Helen Keller

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
– 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

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

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

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
– Helen Keller

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

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
– 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

True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
– Helen Keller

Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
– 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

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

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

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

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
– 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

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

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