| The best and most beautiful things in
the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the
A child must feel the flush of victory and the heart-sinking of
disappointment before he takes with a will to the tasks distasteful
to him and resolves to dance his way through a dull routine of textbooks.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the
overcoming of it.
As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its
joy clears and sharpens the vision.
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.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes
in an army of construction!
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.
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
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.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn,
whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into
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.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the
understanding which bringeth peace.
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.
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.
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.
It gives me a deep comforting sense that "things seen are
temporal and things unseen are eternal.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for
powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever
beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant
It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there
is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance
it allotted length.
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.
It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind
me and before me is God and I have no fears.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Knowledge is love and light and vision.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived
Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier
of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of
my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose
fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range
of experience. They look within themselves - and find nothing! Therefore
they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity
to a worthy purpose.
My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and
behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work
makes it precious.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight
in the eye.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels
that happiness is his indisputable right.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed
an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Now is the time for all good men to come to.
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.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be
done without hope and confidence.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions.
Conclusions are not always pleasant.
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.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature....
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never
do anything good in the world.
Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of
miles and all the years you have lived.
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
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
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
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and
no slave who has not had a king among his.
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome
than the most luxurious Persian rug.
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.
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.
Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense
of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only
joy in the world.
We 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.
What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.
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
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.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is
wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was
Quotes by Helen Keller