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

We can decide to let our trials crush us, or we can convert them to new forces of good

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 us.

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

When one reads hurriedly and nervously, having in mind written tests and examinations, one's brain becomes encumbered with a lot of bric-a-brac for which there seems to be little use.

They took away what should have been my eyes (but I remembered Milton's Paradise). They took away what should have been my ears, (Beethoven came and wiped away my tears). They took away what should have been my tongue, (but I had talked with god when I was young) He would not let them take away my soul, possessing that I still possess the whole.

We cannot freely and wisely choose the right way for ourselves unless we know both good and evil.

When the sun of consciousness first shone upon me, behold a miracle! The stock of my young life which had perished, steeped in the waters of knowledge grew again, budded again, was sweet again with the blossoms of childhood. Down in the depths of my being, I cried, ?it is good to be alive!? I held out two trembling hands to life, and in vain silence would impose dumbness upon me henceforth! The world to which I awoke was still mysterious; but there was hope and love and God in it, and nothing else mattered. Is it not possible that our entrance into heaven may be like this experience of mine?

Thus I came up out of Egypt and stood before Sinai, and a power divine touched my spirit and gave it sight, so that I beheld many wonders. And from the sacred mountain I heard a voice which said, ?Knowledge is love and light and vision.

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.

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

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.

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