27 Outstanding
Helen Keller Quotes

Helen Keller's story is one of great perseverance and courage in overcoming her disabilities to become an author, educator and an inspiration to millions. Enjoy this brief profile and 27 of the best Helen Keller quotes.

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Profile: Helen Keller was born on June 27th, 1880, in Alabama. At only 19 months old, she contracted an illness and became deaf and blind. Frustrated at being unable to communicate, as a young child she had serious behavioural problems. 

When she was six her parents, on the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind, they suggested Helen work with one of their recent graduates, Anne Sullivan. This was the beginning of a teacher-pupil relationship with became a 49 year friendship.

Helen graduated at 24, becoming the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was determined to learn how to speak, and indeed went on to become a world famous lecturer and author. 

Helen was well travelled and sought to help improve the lives of others, particularly those with disabilities, by campaigning on many important issues of her day.

She wrote 12 books including her autobiography Helen Keller: The Story of My Life and met with many famous people of her day including several U.S. Presidents. Helen was also friends with Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell.

Helen Keller died on June 1st 1968 age 87. Helen is an inspiration to millions, she opened eyes and minds with her determination, courage, and vision to overcome. Enjoy and get inspired with her beautifully crafted words of wisdom.

Inspirational Helen Keller Quotes


"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."


"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 something that I can do."

- Helen Keller


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

- 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 opened for us."

- Helen Keller


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

- Helen Keller


"Faith is the strength
by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light."

- Helen Keller


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

- Helen Keller


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

- Helen Keller


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

- Helen Keller


"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."


"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


"Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others."

- Helen Keller


"I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.

- 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


"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


"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


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 manmade world.

- Helen Keller

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"As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind,
so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision."

- Helen Keller


"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


"We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough."

- Helen Keller


"Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible
in bright moments as well as in trouble,
we cannot fully respond to its consolations
because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness."

- Helen Keller


"The highest result of education is tolerance."

- Helen Keller


"Knowledge is love and light and vision."

- Helen Keller


"Once I knew only darkness and stillness...
my life was without past or future...
but a little word from the fingers of another
fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness,
and my heart leaped to the rapture of living."

- Helen Keller


"Walking with a friend in the dark
is better than walking alone in the light."

- Helen Keller


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

- Hellen Keller


"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."

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