Helen Keller Quotes

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


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.


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.


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


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


…our enjoyment of the great works of literature depends more upon the depth of our sympathy than upon our understanding.


The true test of a character is to face hard conditions with the determination to make them better.


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


My optimism is grounded in two worlds, myself and what is about me. I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true.


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


The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.


I know no study that will take you nearer the way to happiness than the study of nature – and I include in the study of nature not only things and their forces, but also mankind and their ways, and the moulding of the affections and the will into an earnest desire not only to be happy, but to create happiness.


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


Knowledge is power.” Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge – broad, deep knowledge – is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man’s progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.


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


Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.


No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.


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.


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


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.