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

What induces a child to learn but his delight in knowing? Helen Keller

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

I have never believed that my limitations were in any sense punishments or accidents. If I had held such a view, I could never have expected the strength to overcome them. Helen Keller

We can drift along with general opinion and tradition, or we can throw ourselves upon the guidance of the soul within and steer courageously toward truth... We have a choice in every event and every limitation and....to choose is to create. Helen Keller

The greatest tragedy to befall a person is to have sight but lack vision. Helen Keller

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

When indeed shall we learn that we are all related one to the other, that we are all members of one body? Until the spirit of love for our fellow people, regardless of race, color, or creed, shall fill the world, making real in our lives and our deeds the actuality of human brother- and sisterhood, 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

I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses. Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings. Helen Keller

Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction! Helen Keller

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. Helen Keller

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life. If, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing. Helen Keller

Obedience is the gateway through which knowledge enters the mind." Helen Keller

A person who is severely impaired never knows his hidden sources of strength until he is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape his own life. Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lie in you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings. The great, enduring realities are love of service. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty. Helen Keller

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

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. True education combines intellect, beauty, goodness, and the greatest of these is goodness. 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

It is curious to observe what different ideals of happiness people cherish, and in what singular places they look for this well-spring of their life. Many look for it in the hoarding of riches, some in the pride of power, and others in the achievements of art and literature; a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds, or in search for knowledge. Helen Keller

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas. Helen Keller

Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort; the words that fall from others' lips they catch on the wing, as it were, delightedly, while the little deaf child must trap them by a slow and often painful process. But whatever the process, the result is wonderful. Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare. Helen Keller

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 Helen Keller

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

I do not like the world as it is; so I am trying to make it a little more as I want it. Helen Keller

Personally I do not believe in a national agency devoted only to the negro blind because in spirit and principle I am against all segregation, and the blind already have difficulties enough without being cramped and harassed by social barriers. Helen Keller

The saddest thing in life is people with sight, but without vision. Helen Keller

The world is sown with good; but unless I turn my glad thoughts into practical living and till my own field, I cannot reap a kernel of the good. Helen Keller

When one reads hurriedly and nervously, having in mind written tests and examinations, one's brain becomes encumbered with a lot of bric-a-brac for which there seems to be little use. Helen Keller

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

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

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

Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living. 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

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

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

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. Helen Keller

What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness! Helen Keller

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." Helen Keller

Fear: the best way out is through. Helen Keller

Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller

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

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

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

We can decide to let our trials crush us, or we can convert them to new forces of good. Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. Helen Keller

I know no study that will take you nearer the way to happiness than the study of nature - and I include in the study of nature not only things and their forces, but also mankind and their ways, and the moulding of the affections and the will into an earnest desire not only to be happy, but to create happiness. Helen Keller

The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all ... The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands - the ownership and control of their livelihoods - are set at naught, we can have neither men's rights nor women's rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease. Helen Keller

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! Helen Keller

Always make the most of every sense; glory in all the pleasure and beauty which the world reveals to you. Helen Keller

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. Helen Keller

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. Helen Keller

If I, deaf, blind, find life rich and interesting, how much more can you gain by the use of your five senses! Helen Keller

The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of seeing people towards them. Helen Keller

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

I regard philanthropy as a tragic apology for wrong conditions under which human beings live ... Helen Keller

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

Where once stood the steadfast pines, great, beautiful, sweet, my hand touched raw, moist stumps. All about lay broken branches, like the antlers of stricken deer. The fragrant, piled-up sawdust swirled and tumbled about me. An unreasoning resentment flashed through me at the ruthless destruction of the beauty that I love. Helen Keller

The few who profit from the labor of the masses want to organize the workers into an army which will protect the interests of the capitalists. Helen Keller

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

Blindness is an unfortunate handicap but true vision does not require the eyes. Helen Keller

I, for one, love strength, daring, fortitude. I do not want people to kill the fight in them; I want them to fight for right things. Helen Keller

Smells are the fallen angels of the senses. Helen Keller

For years to come the debris of a convulsed world will beset our steps. It will require a purpose stronger than any man and worthy of all men to calm and inspirit us. A sane society whose riches are happy children, men and women, beautiful with peace and creative activity, is not going to be ordained for us. We must make it ourselves. Helen Keller

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." Helen Keller

The continued lynchings and other crimes against negroes, whether in New England or the South, and unspeakable political exponents of white supremacy, according to all recorded history, augur ill for America's future. Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

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. Helen Keller

Fact and fancy look alike across the years that link the past with the present. Helen Keller

I seldom think about my limitations, and they've never made me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers. Helen Keller



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