Helen Keller was an author, disability rights activist, political activist, and lecturer from the United States.

Helen Keller was a co-founder of the ACLU and an American schoolteacher who advocated for the blind and deaf.

I have compiled a list of top quotes by Helen Keller for you.


Helen Keller Quotes about Love, Happiness, Vision & Optimism

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1. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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2. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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3. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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4. “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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

6. “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 Keller).

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7. “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~ (Helen Keller).

8. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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9. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ (Helen Keller).

10. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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11. “The highest result of education is tolerance.” ~ (Helen Keller).

12. “Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” ~ (Helen Keller).

13. “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).

14. “Ideas without action are useless.” ~ (Helen Keller).

15. “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” ~ (Helen Keller).

16. “True friends never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.” ~ (Helen Keller).

17. “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).

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18. “We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.” ~ (Helen Keller).

19. “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” ~ (Helen Keller).

20. “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” ~ (Helen Keller).

21. “Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first!” ~ (Helen Keller).

22. “The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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23. “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).

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24. “Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.” ~ (Helen Keller).

25. “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).

26. “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” ~ (Helen Keller).

27. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” ~ (Helen Keller).

28. “There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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29. “What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” ~ (Helen Keller).

30. “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” ~ (Helen Keller).

31. “Happiness is a state of mind, and depends very little on outward circumstances.” ~ (Helen Keller).

32. “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).

33. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.” ~ (Helen Keller).

34. “My friends have made the story of my life.” ~ (Helen Keller).

35. “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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36. “We should respect all people.” ~ (Helen Keller).

37. “You will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles.” ~ (Helen Keller).

38. “The best things in life are unseen, that’s why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry, and dream.” ~ (Helen Keller).

39. “Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people.” ~ (Helen Keller).

40. “All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” ~ (Helen Keller).

41. “So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.” ~ (Helen Keller).

42. “A good education is a stepping-stone to wealth.” ~ (Helen Keller).

43. “I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.” ~ (Helen Keller).

44. “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).

45. “Everybody talks, nobody listens. Good listeners are as rare as white crows.” ~ (Helen Keller).

46. “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).

47. “Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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48. “Better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and see nothing.” ~ (Helen Keller).

49. “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” ~ (Helen Keller).

50. “People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.” ~ (Helen Keller).

51. “The inferiority of women is man-made.” ~ (Helen Keller).

52. “I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.” ~ (Helen Keller).

53. “What induces a child to learn but his delight in knowing?” ~ (Helen Keller).

54. “Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would become blind.” ~ (Helen Keller).

55. “There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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56. “Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” ~ (Helen Keller).

57. “Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” ~ (Helen Keller).

58. “It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life.” ~ (Helen Keller).

59. “Be not dismayed; in the future lies the Promised Land.” ~ (Helen Keller).

60. “Each day comes to me with both hands full of possibilities.” ~ (Helen Keller).

61. “If I, deaf, blind, find life rich and interesting, how much more can you gain by the use of your five senses!” ~ (Helen Keller).

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62. “The simplest way to be happy is to do good.” ~ (Helen Keller).

63. “A smile goes a long way, but you must first start it on its journey.” ~ (Helen Keller).

64. “Ignorance, poverty, and greed must disappear so that light can prevail in all places.” ~ (Helen Keller).

65. “I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” ~ (Helen Keller).

66. “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.” ~ (Helen Keller).

67. “There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.” ~ (Helen Keller).

68. “Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.” ~ (Helen Keller).

69. “History is a record of the incessant struggle of humanity against ignorance and oppression.” ~ (Helen Keller).

70. “Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.” ~ (Helen Keller).

71. “When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” ~ (Helen Keller).

72. “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).

73. “I will not just live my life. I will not just spend my life. I will invest my life.” ~ (Helen Keller).

74. “When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted into which our grief has given us entrance. And inevitably, we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy and their understanding.” ~ (Helen Keller).

75. “The living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” ~ (Helen Keller).

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76. “Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.” ~ (Helen Keller).

77. “I, who have never heard a sound, tell you there is no silence, and I, who have never seen a ray of light, tell you there is no darkness.” ~ (Helen Keller).

78. “The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.” ~ (Helen Keller).

79. “Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings.” ~ (Helen Keller).

80. “It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.” ~ (Helen Keller).

81. “We the living, should not think of the dead as lonely because if they could speak to us, they would say: “Do not weep for me, earth was not my true country, I was an alien there: I am at Home where everyone comes.”” ~ (Helen Keller).

82. “Our beloved ones have not ‘gone to a far country.’ It is only the veil of sense that separates them from us, and even that veil grows thin when our thoughts reach out to them.” ~ (Helen Keller).

83. “I never fight, except against difficulties.” ~ (Helen Keller).

84. “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).

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85. “No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.” ~ (Helen Keller).

86. “To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.” ~ (Helen Keller).

87. “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).

88. “THE most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me.” ~ (Helen Keller).

89. “Even more amazing than the wonders of Nature are the powers of the spirit.” ~ (Helen Keller).

90. “There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference.” ~ (Helen Keller).

91. “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).

92. “If I could have only one of my senses then I would choose hearing, then I wouldn’t feel so all alone.” ~ (Helen Keller).

93. “The greatest tragedy to befall a person is to have sight but lack vision.” ~ (Helen Keller).

94. “World peace will never come until the passion of supremacy is combated.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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95. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” ~ (Helen Keller).

96. “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).

97. “I take happiness very seriously. It is a creed, a philosophy and an objective.” ~ (Helen Keller).

98. “Burn brightly without burning out. Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. Keep your face to the sunshine and you won’t see the shadows.” ~ (Helen Keller).

99. “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).

100. “This world is so full of care and sorrow that it is a gracious debt we owe to one another to discover the bright crystals of delight hidden in somber circumstances and irksome tasks.” ~ (Helen Keller).

101. “Oh, you think the darkness is your ally, but you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it.” ~ (Helen Keller).

102. “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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103. “Your success and happiness lie in you.” ~ (Helen Keller).

104. “Knowledge is love and light and vision.” ~ (Helen Keller).

105. “Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.” ~ (Helen Keller).

106. “Fear: the best way out is through.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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

108. “My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges.” ~ (Helen Keller).

109. “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” ~ (Helen Keller).

110. “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).

111. “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” ~ (Helen Keller).

112. “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” ~ (Helen Keller).

113. “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” ~ (Helen Keller).

114. “Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.” ~ (Helen Keller).

115. “When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people.” ~ (Helen Keller).

116. “I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower – the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.” ~ (Helen Keller).

117. “What really counts in life is the quiet meeting of every difficulty with the determination to get out of it all the good there is.” ~ (Helen Keller).

118. “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” ~ (Helen Keller).

119. “So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.” ~ (Helen Keller).

120. “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” ~ (Helen Keller).

121. “Literature is my Utopia.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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122. “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).

123. “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).

124. “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).

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

126. “I have made my limitations tools of learning and true joy.” ~ (Helen Keller).

127. “The true test of a character is to face hard conditions with the determination to make them better.” ~ (Helen Keller).

128. “Happiness is like the mountain summit. It is sometimes hidden by clouds, but we know it is there.” ~ (Helen Keller).

129. “If I am happy in spite of my deprivations if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life. If, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.” ~ (Helen Keller).

130. “I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” ~ (Helen Keller).

131. “While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.” ~ (Helen Keller).

132. “True teaching cannot be learned from textbooks any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery.” ~ (Helen Keller).

133. “I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.” ~ (Helen Keller).

134. “Be happy, talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours.” ~ (Helen Keller).

135. “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” ~ (Helen Keller).

136. “To keep on trying in spite of disappointment and failure is the only way to keep young and brave. Failures become victories if they make us wise-hearted.” ~ (Helen Keller).

137. “Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.” ~ (Helen Keller).

138. “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).

139. “Tolerance is the first principle of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think.” ~ (Helen Keller).

140. “We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others.” ~ (Helen Keller).

141. “Knowledge is happiness because to have knowledge – broad, deep knowledge – is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.” ~ (Helen Keller).

142. “Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” ~ (Helen Keller).

143. “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).

144. “What do I consider a teacher should be? One who breathes life into knowledge so that it takes new form in progress and civilization.” ~ (Helen Keller).

145. “How spiritually blind are men that they fail to see that we are bound together. We rise or fall together; we are dwarfed or godlike, free or chained, together.” ~ (Helen Keller).

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146. “I am only one but still I am one.” ~ (Helen Keller).

147. “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).

148. “The way forward is simple – just follow Christ!” ~ (Helen Keller).

149. “No loss by flood and lightning, no destruction of cities and temples by the hostile forces of nature, has deprived man of so many noble lives and impulses as those which his intolerance has destroyed.” ~ (Helen Keller).

150. “If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.” ~ (Helen Keller).

151. “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).


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