Top 88 Helen Keller Quotes

Helen Adams Keller is truly one of the most extraordinary persons who ever lived. Becoming deaf and blind at only 19 months, those didn’t stop her from reaching success. She became a lecturer, political activist, and an author. She was also the first ever blind and deaf person to graduate from college.

88 Helen Keller Quotes to Motivate You

She has proven that disabilities are not hindrances. If you want to be even more motivated, here are some of her most inspiring quotes.

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

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

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

4. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

5. “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.”

6. “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

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

8. “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.”

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

10. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

11. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

12. “The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction.”

13. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

14. “I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.”

15. “True education combines intellect, beauty, goodness, and the greatest of these is goodness.”

16. “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow.”

17. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”

18. “We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.”

19. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

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

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

22. “My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.”

23. “Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human ”

24. “The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.”

25. “My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”

26. “The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.”

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

28. “The highest result of education is tolerance.”

29. “What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.”

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

31. “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.”

32. “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.”

33. “It is said that success is happiness. I think goodwill and service to all men are the true kind of happiness.”

34. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

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

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

37. “I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”

38. “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

39. “The best and most beautiful thing in life is friendship that springs out of the heart, as fragrances out of the flower.”

40. “Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

41. “The best way out is always through.”

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

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

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

45. “To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

46. “The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”

47. “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”

48. “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”

49. “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.”

50. “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.”

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

52. “As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”

53. “While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”

54. “Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.”

55. “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles, and all the years you have lived.”

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

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

58. “College isn’t the place to go for ideas.”

59. “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.”

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

61. “The simplest way to be happy is to do good.”

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

63. “Knowledge is power. Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge — broad, deep knowledge — is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man’s progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.”

64. “It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.”

65. “Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.”

66. “You will succeed if you persevere, and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles.”

67. “I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.”

68. “Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless, it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my fingertips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed.”

69. “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.”

70. “God himself is not secure, having given man dominion over his work.”

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

72. “I am thankful that in a troubled world no calamity can prevent the return of spring.”

73. “Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.”

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

75. “It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.”

76. “The true test of a character is to face hard conditions with the determination to make them better.”

77. “Every one of us is blind and deaf until our eyes are opened to our fellowmen until our ears hear the voices of humanity.”

78. “I have often been asked, ‘Do not people bore you?’ I do not understand quite what that means. I suppose the calls of the stupid and curious, especially of newspaper reporters, are always inopportune. 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; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.”

79. “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”

80. “I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade”

81. “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.”

82. “It is not blindness or deafness that bring me my darkest hours. It is the acute disappointment in not being able to speak normally. Longingly I feel how much more good I may have done if I had only acquired normal speech. But out of this sorrowful experience, I understand more clearly all human striving, wanted ambitions, and infinite capacity of hope.”

83. “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.”

84. “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.”

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

86. “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.”

87. “What induces a child to learn but his delight in knowing?”

88. “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.”

Final Thoughts

Are you inspired yet? Of course, you are. Which of these quotes have truly motivated you to be the best you can ever be? Heller Keller is undoubtedly a talented actress, and all her years of hard work has led her to become a wealth of wisdom.

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