The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.Helen KellerThe Story of My Life (1905, p. 203)
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.Helen KellerThe Simplest Way to be Happy (1933).
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.Helen KellerSource: Twitter via Inspirational Quotes 1/19/2015
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence.Helen KellerHelen Keller, Optimism (1903)
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.Helen KellerAddress to the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf at Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8 July 1896), quoted in supplement to The Story of My Life
The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction.Helen KellerThe Five-sensed World (1910)
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 KellerLetter to Dr. James Kerr Love (1910), published in Helen Keller in Scotland: a personal record written by herself (1933), edited by James Kerr Love. Paraphrasing of this statement may have been the origin of a similar one which has become attributed to her:
Self-culture has been loudly and boastfully proclaimed as sufficient for all our ideals of perfection. But if we listen to the best men and women everywhere … they will say that 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 KellerMy Religion / Light in My Darkness, Ch 6 (1927)
I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.Helen KellerQuoted in Henry More: The Rational Theology of a Cambridge Plattonist (1962) by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, page 100.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.Helen KellerHelen Adams Keller (p. 60. Helen Keller's Journal: 1936-1937, Doubleday, Doran & company, inc., 1938)
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 KellerCh. 4 (The Story of My Life (1903))
The Bible gives me a deep, comforting sense that "things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal."Helen KellerCh. 21 (The Story of My Life (1903))
I do not remember a time since I have been capable of loving books that I have not loved Shakespeare.Helen KellerCh. 21 (The Story of My Life (1903))
If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.Helen KellerPart II: Letters (1887 - 1901) TO MRS. LAURENCE HUTTON Wrentham, February 20, 1898.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.Helen KellerAmerican author, political activist, and lecturer. As quoted in The Big Book of Business Quotations (2016), by Johnnie Roberts.
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