119+ Best Helen Keller Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Profoundly inspirational Helen Keller quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Helen Keller Quotes

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

The infinite wonders of the universe are revealed to us in exact measure as we are capable of receiving them. The keenness of our vision depends not on how much we can see, but on how much we feel. – Helen Keller

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

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

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

Life is a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. 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. – Helen Keller

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

Every one of us is blind and deaf until our eyes are opened to our fellowmen, until our ears hear the voice of humanity. – Helen Keller

People often have no idea how fair the flower is to the touch, nor do they appreciate its fragrance, which is the soul of the flower. – Helen Keller

Sick or well, blind or seeing, bond or free, we are here for a purpose and however we are situated, we please God better with useful deeds than with many prayers or pious resignation. The temple or church is empty unless the good of life fills it . . . holy if only . . . we offer the only sacrifices ever commanded-the love that is stronger than hate and the faith that overcometh doubt. – Helen Keller

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

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

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. – Helen Keller

Now I feel as if I should succeed in doing something in mathematics, although I cannot see why it is so very important. . . The knowledge doesn’t make life any sweeter or happier, does it? – Helen Keller

It gives me a deep comforting sense that Things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal. – Helen Keller

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

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. – Helen Keller

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it. – Helen Keller

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

Life is either a great adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. – Helen Keller

I don’t want to live in a hand -me -down world of others’ experiences. I want to write about me, my discoveries, my fears, my feelings, about me. – Helen Keller

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision. – Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. – Helen Keller

Happiness is a state of mind and depends very little on outward circumstances. – Helen Keller

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 – Helen Keller

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

To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see. – 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 believe war is the inevitable fruit of our economic system. – Helen Keller

I am just as deaf as I am blind. 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. – Helen Keller

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. – Helen Keller

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. – 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

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

Everybody talks, nobody listens. Good listeners are as rare as white crows. – Helen Keller

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. Once I fretted and beat myself against the wall that shut me in. My life was without a past or future, and death a consummation devoutly to be wished. But a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hands that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped up with the rapture of living. I do not know the meaning of the darkness, but I have learned the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

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

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

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

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. – Helen Keller

Things must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

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

Silver is purified in fire and so are we. It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed. – Helen Keller

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. – Helen Keller

With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world. – Helen Keller

The simplest way to be happy is to do good. – Helen Keller

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. – Helen Keller

What a strange life I lead- a kind of Cinderella-life-half glitter in crystal shoes, half mice and cinders! But it is a wonderful life all the same. – Helen Keller

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

The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but rather the care given to the welfare of all the people. – Helen Keller

Deep, solemn optimism, it seems to me, should spring from this firm belief in the presence of God in the individual; not a remote, unapproachable governor of the universe, but a God who is very near every one of us, who is present not only in earth, sea and sky, but also in every pure and noble impulse of our hearts. – Helen Keller

The true test of a character is to face hard conditions with the determination to make them better. – Helen Keller

College isn’t the place to go for ideas. – Helen Keller

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

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. – 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

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. – Helen Keller

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

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. – Helen Keller

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. – Helen Keller

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

The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place. – 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

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

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

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

A smile goes a long way, but you must first start it on its journey. – Helen Keller

So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ ‘wonder woman,’ and a ‘modern miracle.’ But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics-that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world-that is a different matter! – Helen Keller

The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrasts between the two lives which it connects. It was the third of March 1887, three months before I was seven years old. – Helen Keller

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

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

The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed. – Helen Keller

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

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

When one door closes, another one opens, but sometimes we wait too long looking at the closed door, and never realize that another door has been opened. – Helen Keller

When we complain of having to do the same thing over and over, let us remember that God does not send new trees, strange flowers and different grasses every year. When the spring winds blow, they blow in the same way. In the same places the same dear blossoms lift up the same sweet faces, yet they never weary us. When it rains, it rains as it always has. Even so would the same tasks which fill our daily lives put on new meanings if we wrought them in the spirit of renewal from within–a spirit of growth and beauty. – Helen Keller

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. – Helen Keller

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

There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness. – Helen Keller

Do not think of to-day’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. – Helen Keller

While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done. – 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

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. – Helen Keller

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

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. – Helen Keller

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

The inferiority of women is man-made. – Helen Keller

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. – Helen Keller

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. – 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 we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life. – Helen Keller

The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction. – Helen Keller

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

It need not discourage us if we are full of doubts. Healthy questions keep faith dynamic. In fact, unless we start with doubts, we cannot have a deep-rooted faith. One who believes lightly and unthinkingly has not much of a belief. One who has a faith which is not to be shaken has won it through blood and tears-has worked his or her way from doubt to truth as one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns. – Helen Keller

Blindness separates us from things, but deafness separates us from people. – Helen Keller

The fearful are caught as often as the bold. – Helen Keller

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. – Helen Keller

The best things in life are unseen, thats why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry, and dream – Helen Keller

I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do. – Helen Keller

Knowledge is love and light and vision. – Helen Keller

I believe humility is a virtue, but I prefer not to use it unless it is absolutely necessary. – Helen Keller

True teaching cannot be learned from textbooks any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery. – Helen Keller

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. – 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

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

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. – 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

I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work and my God. – Helen Keller

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

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

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

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. – Helen Keller

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. – Helen Keller

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