Helen Keller Quotes

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A man can't make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree.
Helen Keller
As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision. 
Helen Keller (My Religion, 1927)
Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction.
Helen Keller (Speech in Carnegie Hall, 1916)
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Helen Keller (Optimism, 1903)
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 (Out of the Dark, 1920)
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable
Helen Keller (The Open Door, 1957)
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
Helen Keller (Quoted in Helen Keller: Selected Writings, 2005)
There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.
Helen Keller
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
Helen Keller
It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow.
Helen Keller (The Story of My Life, 1903)
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therin to be content.
Helen Keller (The Story of My Life, 1903)
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 (The Story of My Life, 1903)
Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.
Helen Keller (Optimism, 1903)
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
Helen Keller (Out of the Dark, 1920)
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Helen Keller (Let Us Have Faith, 1940)
It gives me a deep, comforting sense that things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.
Helen Keller (The Story of My Life, 1903)
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.
Helen Keller (Optimism, 1903)
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.
Helen Keller
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.
Helen Keller (Optimism, 1903)
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller (The Open Door, 1957)
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
Helen Keller (The Story of My Life, 1903)
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 (Out of the Dark, 1920)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
Helen Keller (The Story of My Life, 1903)
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
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 (My Religion, 1927)
You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
Helen Keller (The Story of My Life, 1903)
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 (Out of the Dark, 1920)
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.
Helen Keller (The Simplest Way to be Happy, 1933)
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.
Helen Keller (We Bereaved, 1929)
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
Helen Keller
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Helen Keller Biography

Born: June 27, 1880
Died: June 1, 1968

Helen Keller was an American author, activist and educator. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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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.
Edward Everett Hale in A Year of Beautiful Thoughts, 1902