hellen-keller-quote

Helen Keller Quotes

Born Helen Adams Keller in 1880 in Alabama, Helen Keller was a prominent author, activist, and disability rights advocate. At the age of 19 months, she contracted an illness that left her deaf and blind from this early age.

Her parents asked a Baltimore-based physician, J. Julian Chisolm, for advice, after her mother had been inspired by the story of another deaf and blind woman, Laura Bridgman, featured in Charles Dickens’ American Notes.

Chisolm referred them to Alexander Graham Bell, then involved in helping deaf children. At his insistence, the Kellers contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind where Bridgman had been educated. A 20-year-old alumna of the school, Anne Sullivan, who was visually impaired, was asked to start teaching Helen.

This marked the beginning of a 50-year companionship until Sullivan’s death. Sullivan taught Helen to communicate with signs which allowed her to later enrol into Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1900. Helen was the first deaf-blind person to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard. Helen also learnt how to speak and ‘hear’ by feeling the lips and throat of the speaker with her fingers (the so-called ‘Tadoma’ method).

She also learnt how to experience the vibrations of music. Her literary talent was first discovered by the Austrian philosopher Wilhelm Jerusalem with whom she maintained correspondence. She travelled extensively all over the world to advocate for disability rights and to raise awareness on the deaf and blind. She was a well-known suffragist, pacifist, and civil rights advocate.

In 1915, she founded the Helen Keller Foundation engaged in researching vision, health, and nutrition. She was friends with many famous figures, such as Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin, and Mark Twain. She also never hid her socialist political affiliation and willingness to fight for the working class. She wrote 12 books and many articles. She died in 1968 at the age of 87.

She continues to be credited for advancing various causes, such as women’s rights, the rights of people with disabilities, labour rights, and for acting as a voice of the blind-deaf population. She remains an inspiration to people with disabilities, showing them what can be achieved despite or perhaps because of their disability. Both her writings and lectures have helped raise awareness on issues faced by individuals with disabilities and other social groups.

Did you know:

  • that she was a prominent campaigner not only for the rights of the deaf and blind but also for women’s suffrage, labour rights, and world peace;
  • that her father had served as a captain in the Confederate army and her paternal grandfather has been a Confederate general;
  • that her family had once belonged to the slaveholding elite before the war but lost that status afterwards;
  • that her lineage was traced to a Swiss-native, Casper Keller, and that one of her Swiss ancestors had been one of the first teachers of the deaf in Zurich, Switzerland;
  • that she learnt how to communicate thanks to her instructor Anne Sullivan, who had drawn words on her hand and poured water over it to help her learn the word ‘water’;
  • that she donated money to the NAACP in 1916 and helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920;
  • that she was an active member of the Socialist Party who advocated for labour rights between 1909 and 1921;
  • that she wrote her first piece of writing at the age of 11 (The Frost King);
  • that she visited 35 countries between 1946 and 1957;
  • that she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 by US President Lyndon B. Johnson;
  • that she was featured in various films, such as the Academy Award-winning documentary, Hellen Keller in Her Story;
  • that she was posthumously honoured by the state of Alabama with a state quarter in 2003;
  • that streets have been named after her in several cities of the world (such as Zurich and Lisbon);
  • that she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973?

Most Inspiring Helen Keller Quotes

“Life is a succession of lessons whic
must be lived to be understood.”-Helen Keller

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered
world shall emerge into the light.” -Helen Keller

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

“We can do anything we want
to if we stick to it long enough.”-Helen Keller

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better
than walking alone in the light.”-Helen Keller

“I am only one, but, still, I am one
“I cannot do everything,
but, still, I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”-Helen Keller

“Your success and happiness lie in you
“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall
form an invincible host against difficulties.”-Helen Keller

“No one has a right to consume
happiness without producing it.”-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

“Never bend your head.”Always hold it high
“Look the world straight in the eye.”-Helen Keller

“All the world is full of suffering
“It is also full of overcoming.”-Helen Keller

“When one door closes, another opens
“But we often look so regretfully upon the closed doo
that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”-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

“Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see a shadow.”-Helen Keller

“The only thing worse than
being blind is having sight but no vision.”-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

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

“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

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”-Helen Keller

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

“While they were saying among
themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”-Helen Keller

“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors,
and no slave who has not had a king among his.”-Helen Keller

“Knowledge is love and light and vision.”-Helen Keller

“People do not like to think
“If one thinks, one must reach conclusions
“Conclusions are not always pleasant.”-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

Helen Keller quotes to broaden your thoughts

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

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world
shall emerge into the light.” -Helen Keller

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” ― Helen Keller

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” ― Helen Keller

“There is no better way to thank God
for your sight than by giving a helping hand
to someone in the dark.” ― Helen Keller

“Unless we can help the world where we are,
we could not help it if we were somewhere else.” ― 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

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller

“No one has the right to consume happiness without producing it.” -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

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better
than walking alone in the light.” -Helen Keller

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

Helen Keller quotes to inspire you

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” -Helen Keller

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope.” -Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller

“I do not want the peace that passeth understanding.
I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” -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

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

“You cannot touch love but you can feel the sweetness
it pours into everything.” -Helen Keller

“One can never consent to creep when
one feels an impulse to soar.” -Helen Keller

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high.
Look the world straight in the eye.” -Helen Keller

“I thank God for my handicaps for, through them,
I have found myself, my work, and my God.” -Helen Keller

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ― Helen Keller

“Meanwhile the desire to express myself grew.
The few signs I used became less and less adequate,
and my failures to make myself understood were invariably
followed by outbursts of passion.” -Helen Keller

“All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” -Helen Keller

“The bulk of the world’s knowledge
is an imaginary construction.” -Helen Keller

Helen Keller quotes about vision

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

“Knowledge is love and light and vision.” –Helen Keller

“When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things.
When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people.” –Helen Keller

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

“As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind,
so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” –Helen Keller

Profound Helen Keller quotes 

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

“While they were saying it couldn’t be done, it was done.”― Helen Keller

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

“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.” -Helen Keller

“I cried because I had no shoes until
I met a man who had no feet”― Helen Keller

“All the world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming.” -Helen Keller

“Do not think of today’s failures,
but of the success that may come tomorrow.”― Helen Keller

“The most beautiful world is always
entered through imagination.”― Helen Keller

“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” -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

Helen Keller quotes about love and happiness

“Happiness is the final and perfect
fruit of obedience to the laws of life.” –Helen Keller

“It all comes to this: the simplest way
to be happy is to do good.” –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

“A happy life consists not in the absence,
but in the mastery of hardships.” –Helen Keller

“We are never really happy until
we try to brighten the lives of others.” –Helen Keller

“I take happiness very seriously. It is a creed,
a philosophy and an objective.” –Helen Keller

Helen Keller quotes to inspire and teach

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

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose
warm and our intelligence aglow.” -Helen Keller

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” -Helen Keller

“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.” -Helen Keller

“If I write what my soul thinks it will be visible,
and the words will be its body.” -Helen Keller

“The heart of a friend gives out sufficient light
for us in the dark to rise by.” -Helen Keller

“When all you can feel are the shadows,
turn your face towards the sun.” -Helen Keller

“The living word awakened my soul,
gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” –Helen Keller

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

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…
Unless you fail to make the turn.” -Helen Keller

“Happiness does not come from without,
it comes from within.” -Helen Keller

“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.” -Helen Keller

“So long as you can sweeten another’s pain,
life is not in vain.” -Helen Keller

“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.” -Helen Keller

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” -Hellen Keller

“So much has been given to me I have not time
to ponder over that which has been denied.” -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

“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.” -Helen Keller

“Each day comes to me with both hands full of possibilities.” -Helen Keller

Helen Keller Quotes

You May Also Like