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Quotes by Helen Keller

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Wikipedia Summary for Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, including reading and writing; Sullivan's first lessons involved spelling words on Keller's hand to show her the names of objects around her. She also learned how to speak and to understand other people's speech using the Tadoma method. After an education at both specialist and mainstream schools, she attended Radcliffe College of Harvard University and became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) from 1924 until 1968, during which time she toured the United States and traveled to 35 countries around the globe advocating for those with vision loss.

Keller was a prolific author, writing 14 books and hundreds of speeches and essays on topics ranging from animals to Mahatma Gandhi. Keller campaigned for those with disabilities, for women’s suffrage, labor rights, and world peace. She joined the Socialist Party of America in 1909. She was a supporter of the NAACP and an original member of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1933, when her book How I Became a Socialist was burned by Nazi youth, she wrote an open letter to the Student Body of Germany condemning censorship and prejudice.

The story of Keller and Sullivan was made famous by Keller's 1903 autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage, The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day". Her June 27 birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania and, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.

Quote: Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of woman standing on sunflower field
Photo Credit: Jayson Hinrichsen

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.


Quote: Knowledge is love and light and vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of pink and white flowers on white surface
Photo Credit: Darren Nunis

Knowledge is love and light and vision.


Quote: What I'm looking for is not out there, it is in me. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

What I'm looking for is not out there, it is in me.


Quote: True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

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


Quote: Life is a daring adventure or nothing. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of business newspaper wallpaper
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Life is a daring adventure or nothing.


Quote: When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

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


Quote: Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of brown Scottish fold in brown thick-pile blanket
Photo Credit: Mikhail Vasilyev

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.


Quote: I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of aerial photo of foggy mountains
Photo Credit: Samuel Ferrara

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light.


Quote: We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of person writing on white paper
Photo Credit: Eugene Chystiakov

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


Quote: A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of man jumping on hill during golden hour
Photo Credit: Kyle Cottrell

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn.


Quote: Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on petaled flower
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

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


Things must be felt with the heart.


Quote: Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
Photo Credit: Joaquin Paz y Miño

Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.


Quote: To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of red metal bridge over river
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

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


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


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

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.


Quote: Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of pink heart art
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

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


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.




Quote: It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length.


Quote: Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.


Quote: Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.


Quote: Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: The best Christmas gift of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The best Christmas gift of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The best Christmas gift of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another.

Jesus is the reason for the season!

From a little spark may burst a mighty flame.

The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.


Quote: I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.


Quote: Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.


Quote: The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched. but are felt in the heart. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched. but are felt in the heart.




Quote: I realized that the wonder is not that conditions are so bad, but that humanity has advanced so far in spite of them. and now I am in the fight to change things. I may be a dreamer, but dreamers are necessary to make facts! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I realized that the wonder is not that conditions are so bad, but that humanity has advanced so far in spite of them. and now I am in the fight to change things. I may be a dreamer, but dreamers are necessary to make facts!




Quote: The worst calamity: 'To have eyes and fail to see.' by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The worst calamity: 'To have eyes and fail to see.'


Quote: It is not possible to refer a complex difficulty to a single cause. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is not possible to refer a complex difficulty to a single cause.


Quote: A beam from the everlasting sun of God.
Rude and unresponsive are the stones;
Yet in them divine things lie concealed;
I hear their imprisoned chant: -- 
We are fragments of the universe,
Chips of the rock whereon God laid the foundation of the world:. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

A beam from the everlasting sun of God.
Rude and unresponsive are the stones;
Yet in them divine things lie concealed;
I hear their imprisoned chant: --
We are fragments of the universe,
Chips of the rock whereon God laid the foundation of the world:.


Quote: Only by contact with evil could I have learned to feel by contrast the beauty of truth and love and goodness. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Only by contact with evil could I have learned to feel by contrast the beauty of truth and love and goodness.




Quote: I have found out that though the ways in which I can make myself useful are few, yet the work open to me is endless. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I have found out that though the ways in which I can make myself useful are few, yet the work open to me is endless.


Quote: How easy it is to fly on paper wings! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

How easy it is to fly on paper wings!


Quote: It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference.




Quote: This great republic is a mockery of freedom as long as you are doomed to dig and sweat to earn a miserable living while the masters enjoy the fruit of your toil. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

This great republic is a mockery of freedom as long as you are doomed to dig and sweat to earn a miserable living while the masters enjoy the fruit of your toil.


Quote: Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.


Quote: The tragic side of many architectural enterprises is that they destroy natural beauties which are a priceless possession and cannot be replaced. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The tragic side of many architectural enterprises is that they destroy natural beauties which are a priceless possession and cannot be replaced.


Quote: Only in quietness do we possess our own minds and discover the resources of the Inner Life. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Only in quietness do we possess our own minds and discover the resources of the Inner Life.


Quote: It is better to have no sight than it is to have no vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is better to have no sight than it is to have no vision.


Quote: 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, hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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, hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.


Quote: It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me.


Quote: What if in my waking hours a sound should ring through the silent halls of hearing? ... Would the bow and string tension of life snap? Would the heart over weighted with sudden joy stop beating for very excess of happiness? by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

What if in my waking hours a sound should ring through the silent halls of hearing? ... Would the bow and string tension of life snap? Would the heart over weighted with sudden joy stop beating for very excess of happiness?


Quote: Our worst foes are not belligerent circumstances, but wavering spirits. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Our worst foes are not belligerent circumstances, but wavering spirits.


Quote: Instead of being satisfied to alleviate suffering, we shall labor hard and continually to prevent it. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Instead of being satisfied to alleviate suffering, we shall labor hard and continually to prevent it.


Quote: I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days during their early adult life. Darkness would make them more appreciative of sight; silence would teach them the joys of sound. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days during their early adult life. Darkness would make them more appreciative of sight; silence would teach them the joys of sound.


Quote: Speech is the birthright of every child. It is the deaf child's one fair chance to keep in touch with his fellows. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Speech is the birthright of every child. It is the deaf child's one fair chance to keep in touch with his fellows.


Quote: The clatter of a changing world is not pleasant, and those who have enjoyed the comforts and protection of the old order may be shocked and unhappy when they behold the vigorous young builders of a new world sweeping away their time-honored antiquities. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The clatter of a changing world is not pleasant, and those who have enjoyed the comforts and protection of the old order may be shocked and unhappy when they behold the vigorous young builders of a new world sweeping away their time-honored antiquities.


Quote: Christmas Day is the festival of optimism. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Christmas Day is the festival of optimism.


Quote: Serious harm, I am afraid, has been wrought to our generation by fostering the idea that they would live secure in a permanent order of things. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Serious harm, I am afraid, has been wrought to our generation by fostering the idea that they would live secure in a permanent order of things.


Quote: How spiritually blind are men that they fail to see that we are bound together. We rise or fall together; we are dwarfed or godlike, free or chained, together. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

How spiritually blind are men that they fail to see that we are bound together. We rise or fall together; we are dwarfed or godlike, free or chained, together.


Quote: I fall, I stand still... I trudge on. I gain a little... I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I fall, I stand still... I trudge on. I gain a little... I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory.


Quote: If I could have only one of my senses then I would choose hearing, Then I wouldn't feel so all alone. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

If I could have only one of my senses then I would choose hearing, Then I wouldn't feel so all alone.


Quote: A simple, childlike faith in a Divine Friend solves all the problems that come to us by land or sea. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

A simple, childlike faith in a Divine Friend solves all the problems that come to us by land or sea.


Quote: We should not think of conversion as the acceptance of a particular creed, but as a change of heart. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

We should not think of conversion as the acceptance of a particular creed, but as a change of heart.


Quote: In the country one sees only nature's fair works, and one's soul is not saddened by the cruel struggle for mere existence that goes on in the crowded city. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

In the country one sees only nature's fair works, and one's soul is not saddened by the cruel struggle for mere existence that goes on in the crowded city.


Quote: Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister's hand. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister's hand.


Quote: I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud.


Quote: Smell is a fallen angel. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Smell is a fallen angel.


Quote: Smells are the fallen angels of the senses. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Smells are the fallen angels of the senses.




Quote: Through my handicaps, I have found my self, my work, my God. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Through my handicaps, I have found my self, my work, my God.


Quote: Truly I have looked in the very heart of darkness and refused to yield to its paralyzing influence, but in spirit I am one of those who walk the morning. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Truly I have looked in the very heart of darkness and refused to yield to its paralyzing influence, but in spirit I am one of those who walk the morning.


Quote: I don't give a damn about semi-radicals! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I don't give a damn about semi-radicals!




Quote: THE most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

THE most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me.




Quote: The only moral virtue of war is that it compels the capitalist system to look itself in the face and admit it is a fraud. It compels the present society to admit that it has no morals it will not sacrifice for gain. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The only moral virtue of war is that it compels the capitalist system to look itself in the face and admit it is a fraud. It compels the present society to admit that it has no morals it will not sacrifice for gain.


Quote: I, who have never heard a sound, tell you there is no silence, and I, who have never seen a ray of light, tell you there is no darkness. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I, who have never heard a sound, tell you there is no silence, and I, who have never seen a ray of light, tell you there is no darkness.




Quote: Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: It is always painful to set one's self against tradition, especially against the conventions and prejudices that hedge about womanhood. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is always painful to set one's self against tradition, especially against the conventions and prejudices that hedge about womanhood.


Quote: I have made my limitations tools of learning and true joy. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I have made my limitations tools of learning and true joy.


Quote: The way forward is simple -- just follow Christ! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The way forward is simple -- just follow Christ!


Quote: I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote; white text on black background

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily.


Quote: Rebuffed, but always persevering; self-reproached, but ever regaining faith; undaunted, tenacious, the heart of man labors toward immeasurably distant goals. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Rebuffed, but always persevering; self-reproached, but ever regaining faith; undaunted, tenacious, the heart of man labors toward immeasurably distant goals.


Quote: Let pessimism once take hold of the mind, and life is all topsy-turvy, all vanity and vexation of spirit. There is no cure for individual or social disorder, except in forgetfulness and annihilation. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Let pessimism once take hold of the mind, and life is all topsy-turvy, all vanity and vexation of spirit. There is no cure for individual or social disorder, except in forgetfulness and annihilation.


Quote: Joy is a spiritual element that gives vicissitudes unity and significance. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Joy is a spiritual element that gives vicissitudes unity and significance.


Quote: My life has been happy because I have had wonderful friends and plenty of interesting work to do. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

My life has been happy because I have had wonderful friends and plenty of interesting work to do.


Quote: The worst thing in the world is not to be born blind, but to be born with sight, and yet have no vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The worst thing in the world is not to be born blind, but to be born with sight, and yet have no vision.


Quote: The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. The touch of some hands is an impertinence. I have met people so empty of joy, that when I clasped their frosty finger-tips, it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. The touch of some hands is an impertinence. I have met people so empty of joy, that when I clasped their frosty finger-tips, it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. The touch of some hands is an impertinence. I have met people so empty of joy, that when I clasped their frosty finger-tips, it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm. Others there are whose hands have sunbeams in them, so that their grasp warms my heart. It may be only the clinging touch of a child's hand; but there is as much potential sunshine in it for me as there is in a loving glance for others. A hearty handshake or a friendly letter gives me genuine pleasure.


Quote: I will not just live my life. I will not just spend my life. I will invest my life. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I will not just live my life. I will not just spend my life. I will invest my life.


Quote: It has been said that life has treated me harshly; and sometimes I have complained in my heart because many pleasures of human experience have been withheld from me...if much has been denied me, much, very much, has been given me. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It has been said that life has treated me harshly; and sometimes I have complained in my heart because many pleasures of human experience have been withheld from me...if much has been denied me, much, very much, has been given me.


Quote: In times of danger large groups rise to the highest pitch of enthusiasm, courage and sacrifice ... Mankind will be refashioned and history rewritten when this law is understood and obeyed. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

In times of danger large groups rise to the highest pitch of enthusiasm, courage and sacrifice ... Mankind will be refashioned and history rewritten when this law is understood and obeyed.


Quote: I trust, and I recognize the beneficence of the power which we all worship as supreme- Order, Fate, the Great Spirit, Nature, God. I recognize this power in the sun that makes all things grow and keeps life afoot. I make a friend of this indefinable force…this is my religion of optimism. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote: I trust, and I recognize the beneficence of the power which we all worship as supreme- Order, Fate, the Great Spirit, Nature, God. I recognize this power in the sun that makes all things grow and keeps life afoot. I make a friend of this indefinable force…this is my religion of optimism.- black text on quotes background

I trust, and I recognize the beneficence of the power which we all worship as supreme- Order, Fate, the Great Spirit, Nature, God. I recognize this power in the sun that makes all things grow and keeps life afoot. I make a friend of this indefinable force…this is my religion of optimism.


Quote: Health in all lands is among the indispensable guarantees of human progress. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Health in all lands is among the indispensable guarantees of human progress.


Quote: During the first nineteen months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out. If we have once seen, the day is ours, and what the day has shown. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

During the first nineteen months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out. If we have once seen, the day is ours, and what the day has shown.


Quote: Thus it is that my friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations to beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Thus it is that my friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations to beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.




Quote: Commercial concerns have expanded from family business to corporate wealth which is self-perpetuating and which enlightened statesmen and economists now dread as the most potent oligarchy yet produced. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Commercial concerns have expanded from family business to corporate wealth which is self-perpetuating and which enlightened statesmen and economists now dread as the most potent oligarchy yet produced.


Quote: Once it was necessary that the people should multiply and be fruitful if the race was to survive. But now to preserve the race it is necessary that people hold back the power of propagation. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Once it was necessary that the people should multiply and be fruitful if the race was to survive. But now to preserve the race it is necessary that people hold back the power of propagation.


Quote: Reality even when it is sad is better than illusions. Illusions are at the mercy of any winds that blow. Real happiness must come from within, from a fixed purpose and faith in one's fellow men. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Reality even when it is sad is better than illusions. Illusions are at the mercy of any winds that blow. Real happiness must come from within, from a fixed purpose and faith in one's fellow men.


Quote: I cannot but say a word and look my disapproval when I hear that my country is spending millions for war and war engines-more, I have heard, than twice as much as the entire public school system costs the nation. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I cannot but say a word and look my disapproval when I hear that my country is spending millions for war and war engines-more, I have heard, than twice as much as the entire public school system costs the nation.


Quote: The bible gives me a deep comforting sense that (things seen are temporal,and things unseen are eternal. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The bible gives me a deep comforting sense that (things seen are temporal,and things unseen are eternal.


Quote: I hung about the dangerous frontier of guess, avoiding with infinite trouble to myself and others the broad valley of reason. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I hung about the dangerous frontier of guess, avoiding with infinite trouble to myself and others the broad valley of reason.


Quote: The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.


Quote: The million little things that drop into your hands, The small opportunities each day brings, He leaves us free to use or abuse, And goes unchanging along His silent way. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The million little things that drop into your hands, The small opportunities each day brings, He leaves us free to use or abuse, And goes unchanging along His silent way.


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.




Quote: I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.


Quote: The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next. Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood between sincere men of all denominations. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next. Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood between sincere men of all denominations.


Quote: The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world with a broader significance than the narrow association of members in a sect or creed. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world with a broader significance than the narrow association of members in a sect or creed.


Quote: We the living, should not think of the dead as lonely because if they could speak to us, they would say: Do not weep for me, earth was not my true country, I was an alien there: I am at Home where everyone comes. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

We the living, should not think of the dead as lonely because if they could speak to us, they would say: Do not weep for me, earth was not my true country, I was an alien there: I am at Home where everyone comes.


Quote: I can see in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I can see in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden.


Quote: If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.


Quote: To keep our faces toward chance and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

To keep our faces toward chance and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.


Quote: The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor.


Quote: Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind.


Quote: When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long in disappointment and bitterness at the closed door that we do not expectantly look for and therefore see with pleasure and gratitude the one which has been opened for us. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long in disappointment and bitterness at the closed door that we do not expectantly look for and therefore see with pleasure and gratitude the one which has been opened for us.


Quote: I will eat grandfather for dinner. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I will eat grandfather for dinner.


Quote: Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.




Quote: The highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists.


Quote: Death is no more than passing from one room into another. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Death is no more than passing from one room into another.


Quote: The highest result of education is tolerance. Long ago men fought and died for their faith; but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -- the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren and their rights of conscience. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The highest result of education is tolerance. Long ago men fought and died for their faith; but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -- the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren and their rights of conscience.


Quote: The only real blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The only real blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.




Quote: It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life.


Quote: The fearful are caught as often as the bold. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The fearful are caught as often as the bold.




Quote: There are moments when I feel that the Shylocks, the Judases, and even the Devil are broken spokes in the great wheel of good which shall in due time be mad whole. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

There are moments when I feel that the Shylocks, the Judases, and even the Devil are broken spokes in the great wheel of good which shall in due time be mad whole.


Quote: On Power:
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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

On Power:
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.


Quote: You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote: You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.- black text on quotes background

You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.


Quote: The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.


Quote: One cannot consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

One cannot consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.


Quote: There is one universal religion, Helen--the religion of love. Love your Heavenly Father with your whole heart and soul, love every child of God as much as ever you can, and remember that the possibilities of good are greater than the possibilities of evil; and you have the key to Heaven. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote: There is one universal religion, Helen--the religion of love. Love your Heavenly Father with your whole heart and soul, love every child of God as much as ever you can, and remember that the possibilities of good are greater than the possibilities of evil; and you have the key to Heaven.- black text on quotes background

There is one universal religion, Helen--the religion of love. Love your Heavenly Father with your whole heart and soul, love every child of God as much as ever you can, and remember that the possibilities of good are greater than the possibilities of evil; and you have the key to Heaven.


Quote: The mind is as big as the universe. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The mind is as big as the universe.


Quote: Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.


Quote: Be happy with what you have while working for what you want. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.


Quote: Is it not true, then, that my life with all its limitations touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful? Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Is it not true, then, that my life with all its limitations touches at many points the life of the World Beautiful? Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.




Quote: Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: In a word, literature is my utopia. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

In a word, literature is my utopia.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

In a word, 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. The things I have learned and the things I have been taught seem of ridiculously little importance compared with their "large loves and heavenly charities.


Quote: Look the world straight in the eye. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Look the world straight in the eye.


Quote: You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.


Quote: For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine.


Quote: If the blind put their hands in God's, they find their way more surely than those who see but have not faith or purpose. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

If the blind put their hands in God's, they find their way more surely than those who see but have not faith or purpose.


Quote: I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life. My physical limitations are forgotten- my world lies upward, the length and the breadth and the sweep of the heavens are mine! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life. My physical limitations are forgotten- my world lies upward, the length and the breadth and the sweep of the heavens are mine!


Quote: I rejoice to live in such a splendidly disturbing time! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I rejoice to live in such a splendidly disturbing time!


Quote: Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote; white text on black background

Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream.


Quote: As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so sex with its joy clears and sharpens the vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.


Quote: There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness.




Quote: Do not think of todays failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Do not think of todays failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.


Quote: Blindness separates people from things;
deafness separates people from people. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Blindness separates people from things;
deafness separates people from people.


Quote: I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.


Quote: One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.


Quote: Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world -- the company of those who have known suffering. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world -- the company of those who have known suffering.


Quote: Literature is my Utopia. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Literature is my Utopia.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.


Quote: Worse than being blind would be to be able to see but not have any vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Worse than being blind would be to be able to see but not have any vision.


Quote: I learned that it is possible for us to create light, sound and order within us no matter what calamity befall us in the outer world. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I learned that it is possible for us to create light, sound and order within us no matter what calamity befall us in the outer world.


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.


Quote: What is worse than having no sight is being able to see but having no vision. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

What is worse than having no sight is being able to see but having no vision.


Quote: Our beloved ones have not 'gone to a far country.' It is only the veil of sense that separates them from us, and even that veil grows thin when our thoughts reach out to them. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Our beloved ones have not 'gone to a far country.' It is only the veil of sense that separates them from us, and even that veil grows thin when our thoughts reach out to them.


Quote: The bulk of the world's knowledge is an imaginary construction. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The bulk of the world's knowledge is an imaginary construction.


Quote: Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he who gets the most out of life. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he who gets the most out of life.


Quote: The mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that 'W-A-T-E-R' meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, joy, set it free. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that 'W-A-T-E-R' meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, joy, set it free.


Quote: There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.


Quote: History is a record of the incessant struggle of humanity against ignorance and oppression. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

History is a record of the incessant struggle of humanity against ignorance and oppression.




Quote: One should never count the years -- one should instead count one's interests. I have kept young trying never to lose my childhood sense of wonderment. I'm glad I still have a vivid curiosity about the world I live in. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

One should never count the years -- one should instead count one's interests. I have kept young trying never to lose my childhood sense of wonderment. I'm glad I still have a vivid curiosity about the world I live in.


Quote: If we believe that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

If we believe that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields.


Quote: Be happy, talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Be happy, talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours.


Quote: To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.


Quote: Friends create the world anew each day.Without their loving care, courage would not suffice to keep hearts strong for life. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Friends create the world anew each day.Without their loving care, courage would not suffice to keep hearts strong for life.


Quote: All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident. Facts are stubborn, and refusal to accept them does not avoid their inexorable effects-the tragic consequences are now upon us. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident. Facts are stubborn, and refusal to accept them does not avoid their inexorable effects-the tragic consequences are now upon us.


Quote: The power of effecting changes for the better is within ourselves, not in the favorableness of circumstances. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: Education should train the child to use his brains, to make for himself a place in the world and maintain his rights even when it seems that society would shove him into the scrap-heap. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Education should train the child to use his brains, to make for himself a place in the world and maintain his rights even when it seems that society would shove him into the scrap-heap.


Quote: It is so pleasant to learn about new things. Every day I find how little I know, but I do not feel discouraged since God has given me an eternity in which to learn more. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

It is so pleasant to learn about new things. Every day I find how little I know, but I do not feel discouraged since God has given me an eternity in which to learn more.


Quote: Once I knew the depth where no hope was and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Once I knew the depth where no hope was and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free.


Quote: For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works; deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to -- a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote: For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works; deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to -- a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.- black text on quotes background

For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works; deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to -- a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.


Quote: If I write what my soul thinks it will be visible, and the words will be its body. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

If I write what my soul thinks it will be visible, and the words will be its body.


Quote: Defeat is simply a signal to press onward. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.


Quote: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Great poetry needs no interpreter other than a responsive heart. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Great poetry needs no interpreter other than a responsive heart.


Quote: Even more amazing than the wonders of Nature are the powers of the spirit. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Even more amazing than the wonders of Nature are the powers of the spirit.


Quote: When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun. There is always a bright side -- even if only that it is not worse...and it can always be worse. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun. There is always a bright side -- even if only that it is not worse...and it can always be worse.


Quote: The heart of a friend gives out sufficient light for us in the dark to rise by. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The heart of a friend gives out sufficient light for us in the dark to rise by.


Quote: We betray ourselves into smallness when we think the little choices of each day are trivial. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

We betray ourselves into smallness when we think the little choices of each day are trivial.


Quote: He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress.


Quote: The living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!


Quote: Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.


Quote: The things you do today that you don't have to do will determine who, what, and where you will be when it is too late to do anything about the things you should have done. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The things you do today that you don't have to do will determine who, what, and where you will be when it is too late to do anything about the things you should have done.


Quote: God doesn't promise security from life's storms but security in life's storms. God doesn't always call the equipped, but he will always equip the called. In the long run, avoiding danger is no safer than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote; white text on black background

God doesn't promise security from life's storms but security in life's storms. God doesn't always call the equipped, but he will always equip the called. In the long run, avoiding danger is no safer than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.


Quote: The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.


Quote: When I recollect the treasure of friendship that has been bestowed upon me I withdraw all charges against life. If much has been denied me, much, very much has been given. So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart I shall say that life is good. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote; white text on black background

When I recollect the treasure of friendship that has been bestowed upon me I withdraw all charges against life. If much has been denied me, much, very much has been given. So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart I shall say that life is good.


Quote: So much has been given me I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

So much has been given me I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.




Quote: Even if you have a problem, you don't need to be one. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Even if you have a problem, you don't need to be one.




Quote: Four things to learn in life: To think clearly without hurry or confusion; To love everybody sincerely; To act in everything with the highest motives; To trust God unhesitatingly. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Four things to learn in life: To think clearly without hurry or confusion; To love everybody sincerely; To act in everything with the highest motives; To trust God unhesitatingly.


Quote: When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people.


Quote: I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower -- the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower -- the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.


Quote: There will never be another now -- 
I'll make the most of today.
There will never be another me -- 
I'll make the most of myself. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

There will never be another now --
I'll make the most of today.
There will never be another me --
I'll make the most of myself.


Quote: We, the people, are not free. Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means we choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us, and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of Helen Keller quote; white text on black background

We, the people, are not free. Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means we choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us, and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class.


Quote: We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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.


Quote: What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: Better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and see nothing. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and see nothing.


Quote: Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again.


Quote: A good education is a stepping-stone to wealth. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

A good education is a stepping-stone to wealth.


Quote: You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles.


Quote: Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people.


Quote: My friends have made the story of my life. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

My friends have made the story of my life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges.


Quote: I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with a light of love. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with a light of love.


Quote: Happiness is a state of mind, and depends very little on outward circumstances. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Happiness is a state of mind, and depends very little on outward circumstances.


Quote: There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness.


Quote: Life is a succesion of lessons which must be lived to be understood. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Life is a succesion of lessons which must be lived to be understood.


Quote: A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.


Quote: The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.


Quote: Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.


Quote: Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first! by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first!


Quote: True friends never apart maybe in distance but never in heart. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

True friends never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.


Quote: Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: What really counts in life is the quiet meeting of every difficulty with the determination to get out of it all the good there is. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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


Quote: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. by author Helen Keller overlaid on photo of photo of author Helen Keller with quote