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74 Helen Keller Quotes That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up

Helen Keller with a Braille book
Helen Keller with a Braille book

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. We remember this genuinely inspirational woman — the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She was also an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Helen Keller dedicated her life to helping the conditions of the deaf and blind. Winston Churchill called her “The greatest woman of our age.” Here are 74 Famous Helen Keller Quotes and sayings that will inspire you never to give up, regardless of circumstance. If you’d like to learn more Helen Keller Quotes on happiness, vision, love, we’d recommend this great read. and share these quotes as you will. Enjoy!

Inspirational Helen Keller Quotes on Happiness, Vision, and Success

1.) “All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”

2.) “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.”

3.) “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

4.) “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

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

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

7.) “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

8.) “It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.”

9.) “Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first.”

10.) “I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”

11.) “Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them, but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”

12.) “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.”

13.) “I take happiness very seriously. It is a creed, a philosophy, and an objective.”

14.) “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope.”

15.) “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.”

16.) “No matter how dull, or how to mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.”

17.) “I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

18.) “No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”

19.) “I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.”

20.) “Meanwhile the desire to express myself grew. The few signs I used became less and less adequate, and outbursts of passion invariably followed my failures to make myself understood.”

21.) “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

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

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

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

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

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

27.) “Unless we can help the world where we are, we could not help it if we were somewhere else.”

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

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

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

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

32.) “Happiness is the final and perfect fruit of obedience to the laws of life.”

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

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

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

36.) “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows.”

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

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

39.) “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.”

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

41.) “When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people.”

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

43.) “The highest result of education is tolerance.”

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

45.) “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.”

46.) “There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”

47.) “People don’t like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”

48.) “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”

49.) “What I am looking for is not out there; it is in me.”

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

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

52.) “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.”

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

54.) “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”

55.) “You cannot touch love, but you can feel the sweetness it pours into everything.”

56.) “We are never delighted until we try to brighten the lives of others.”

57.) “Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, and social justice can never be attained.”

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

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

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

61.) “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.”

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

63.) “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.”

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

65.) “All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

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

67.) “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”

68.) “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 human-made world.”

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

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

71.) “What I’m looking for is not out there; it is in me.”

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

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

74.) “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.”

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