Helen Keller Quotes

1880 - 1968
Helen Keller
Helen Keller an inspiration to us all. She became deaf and blind when she was just a baby of 19 months. As a child she was uncontrollable and her parents enlisted the help of Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan opened Helen's world by patiently teaching the young child. Her story has been told in books and in film and has inspired millions of people. Be inspired and encouraged by her words of wisdom.


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

Optimistic   |  


You see, I am an optimist still, rejoicing in the good that comes out of evil.

Helen Keller

Inspirational Quotes  |


As my knowledge of things grew I felt more and more the delight of the world I was in.

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Knowledge   |  


Gradually I got used to the silence and darkness that surrounded me and forgot that it had ever been different, until she came - my teacher - who was to set my spirit free.

Hellen Keller

Teacher   |  


Many incidents of those early years are fixed in my memory, isolated, but clear and distinct, making the sense of that silent, aimless, dayless life all the more intense.

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Memory  |


May the joy of Christmas Day linger like a blessing in the hearts of all. And may the whole year be gladder, sweeter, brighter.

Helen Keller

Christmas Greetings  |


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

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Passion   |  


Would we choose our environment, and were desire in human undertakings synonymous with endowment, all men would, I suppose, be optimists. Certainly most of us regard happiness as the proper end of all earthly enterprise.

Helen Keller, Optimism

Choices   |  


Without imagination what a poor thing my world would be! My garden would be a silent patch of earth strewn with sticks of a variety of shapes and smells. But when the eye of my mind is opened to its beauty, the bare ground brightens beneath my feet, and the hedge-row bursts into leaf, and the rose-tree shakes its fragrance everywhere.

Helen Keller, The World I Live In and Optimism: A Collection of Essays

Imagination   |  


Sometimes it seems almost as if it is wrong to feel so glad and happy when one knows there are so many of Godís little ones friendless, and even cold and hungry, but if we are to let their misfortunes banish the gladness from our heart they would not be any happier, so I am sure it is right to be as happy as we can, and do whatever we may, be it ever so little, to make those around us happy and look forward forward hopefully to the beautiful time when Christmas shall bring to everyone joy untouched with sorrow.

Helen Keller

Christmas   |  


More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free. Books are my compensation for the harms of fate. They give me a world for a lost world, and for mortals who have disappointed me they give me gods.

Helen Keller

Quotes about Books   |  


My hands felt every object and observed every motion, and in this way I learnt to know many things. Soon I felt the need of some communication with others and began to make crude signs.

Hellen Keller, The Story of My Life

Communication   |  


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.

Helen Keller

Children   |  


The approach of the glad Christmas tide always fills the heart with joy and hope, and quickens into sweet activity a thousand loving thoughts for others.

Helen Keller

Christmas Messages   |  


But what I consider my crown of success is the happiness and pleasure that my victory has brought to dear Teacher. Indeed, the success is hers more than mine: for she is my constant inspiration.

Helen Keller

Happiness   |  


Words are never warm and tender enough to express one's appreciation of a great kindness.

Helen Keller

Appreciation   |  


Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Helen Keller

Life   |  


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

Purpose   |  


All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

Helen Keller

Love   |  


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

Beautiful   |  


One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

Helen Keller

Motivation   |  


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

Helen Keller

Teamwork   |  


Knowledge is love and light and vision.

Helen Keller

Vision  |


The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller

Honesty   |  


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

Success   |  


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

Helen Keller

Gifts of Love In Many Ways   |  


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

Character   |  

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