Helen Keller

Helen Keller


6/27/1888, Tuscumbia, Alabama



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    • 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: I do not remember a time since I have been capable of loving books that I have not loved Shakespeare.

    • 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: 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.

    • Helen Keller: Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

    • Helen Keller: I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

    • 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: The bulk of the world's knowledge is an imaginary construction.

    • Helen Keller: Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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

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

    • Helen Keller: It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to 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: 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: The highest result of education is tolerance.

    • Helen Keller: The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.

    • 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: 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: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.

    • Helen Keller: 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.

    • Helen Keller: Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.

    • Helen Keller: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched... but are felt in the heart.

    • Helen Keller: If ever there was an angel in fur, it was Kamikaze. I know I shall never feel quite the same tenderness for any other pet. The Akita dog has all the qualities that appeal to me — he is gentle, companionable and trusty.

    • Helen Keller: I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. For the first time I, who had thought blindness a misfortune beyond human control, found that too much of it was traceable to wrong industrial conditions, often caused by the selfishness and greed of employers. And the social evil contributed its share. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.

    • Helen Keller: I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums. If I could not see it, I could smell 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.

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