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Helen Keller Quotes


Before reaching the age of two, she was deprived of sight, hearing and the ability to speak. Through the efforts of Anne Sullivan, she learned to read, write and speak. She overcame her disabilities, graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College and went on to become an author and speaker.
(1880 - 1968)

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[Tolerance] is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
[Helping Other People]
 

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
 

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
[Work]
 

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and every one, and make that Best a part of my life.
 

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.
[Risks]
 

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
[Success]
 

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.
[Helping Other People]
 

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.
[Adversity]
 

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.
[Able]
 

Discouraged not by difficulties without, or the anguish of ages within, the heart listens to a secret voice that whispers: "Be not dismayed; in the future lies the Promised Land."
[Heart]
 

Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.
 

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it, while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill. The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation is the same as in the life of the individual. Pessimism kills the instinct that urges men to struggle against poverty, ignorance and crime, and dries up all the fountains of joy in the world.
 

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
[Acceptance]
 

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
 

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
[Spirituality]
 

God Himself is not secure, having given man dominion over His works.
[God]
 

Happiness is the final and perfect fruit of obedience to the laws of life.
 


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