Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

Helen
Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller
1880
1968

American Author, Political Activist, Social Reformer, Lecturer and Writer, first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author Quotes

To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable

We need limitations and temptations to open our inner selves, dispel our ignorance, tear off disguises, throw down old idols, and destroy false standards. Only by such rude awakenings can we be led to dwell in a place where we are less cramped, less hindered by the ever-insistent External. Only then do we discover a new capacity and appreciation of goodness and beauty and truth.

When you face the sun, all the shadows fall behind you.

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.

We walked down the path to the well-house, attracted by the fragrance of the honeysuckle with which it was covered. Someone was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten ? a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that "w-a-t-e-r" meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away.

While friends are near us, we feel that all is well... Our everyday life blossoms into bright possibilities.

To think clearly without hurry or confusion; To love everybody sincerely; To act in everything with the highest motives; To trust God unhesitatingly.

We work within the context of the letter that the Prime Minister sent to the leaders of the opposition which laid out the framework.

While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.

True friends never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.

We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

While they were saying it couldn't be done, it was done.

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self

With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world.

Truly I have looked into the very heart of darkness, and refused to yield to its paralyzing influence, but in spirit I am one of those who walk the morning. What if all dark, discouraging moods of the human mind come across my way as thick as the dry leaves of autumn? Other feet have traveled that road before me, and I know the desert leads to god as surely as the green, refreshing fields, and orchards.

What does this beauty or than music mean to you? you cannot see the waves rolling up the beach or hear their roar. What do they mean to you?' In the most evident sense they mean everything. I cannot fathom or define their meaning any more than I can fathom or define love or religion or goodness.

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

Trying to write is very much like trying to put a Chinese puzzle together. We have a pattern in mind which we wish to work out in words; but the words will not fit the spaces, or, if they do, they will not match the design.

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.

You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere.

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

What is so sweet as to awake from a troubled dream and behold a beloved face smiling upon you? I love to believe that such shall be our awakening from earth to heaven. My faith never wavers that each dear friend I have lost is a new link between this world and the happier land beyond the morn. My soul is for the moment bowed down with grief when I cease to feel the touch of their hands or hear a tender word from them; but the light of faith never fades from the sky, and I take heart again, glad they are free. I cannot understand why anyone should fear death?Suppose there are a million chances against that one that my loved ones who have gone on are alive. What of it? I will take that one chance and risk mistake, rather than let any doubts sadden their souls, and find out afterward. Since there is that one chance of immortality, I will endeavor not to cast a shadow on the joy of the departed?Certainly it is one of our sweetest experiences that when we are touched by some noble affection or pure joy, we remember the dead most tenderly, and feel more powerfully drawn to them.

You will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.

Under softest touch hides treacherous claws.

Author Picture
First Name
Helen
Last Name
Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller
Birth Date
1880
Death Date
1968
Bio

American Author, Political Activist, Social Reformer, Lecturer and Writer, first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom