Every struggle is an opportunity for learning. If you’re feeling exhausted, these Helen Keller quotes will remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.
Famed author and lecturer Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880. She suffered from an unknown disease that resulted in her loss of sight and hearing when she was 19 months old. Despite this, she learned to adapt and lived with her disabilities.
Patient and persistent, she became the first deaf-blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Intent on improving her way of communicating with others she ultimately learned to speak. As she did, she became a prolific lecturer. She also authored numerous books with The Story of My Life as her most notable work.
As a political activist, she was a staunch proponent of women’s suffrage and labor rights. She was resolute in her stance that even her physical affliction did nothing to stop her.
These 30 Helen Keller quotes clearly manifest her convictions.
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. – Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. – Helen Keller
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious. – Helen Keller
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller
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No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it. – Helen Keller
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Helen Keller
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 the something that I can do. – Helen Keller
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. – Helen Keller
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. – Helen Keller
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. – Helen Keller
Knowledge is love and light and vision. – Helen Keller
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. – Helen Keller
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. – Helen Keller
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller
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. – Helen Keller
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. – Helen Keller
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. – Helen Keller
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. – Helen Keller
Life is either a great adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. – Helen Keller
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. – Helen Keller
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. – Helen Keller
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. – Helen Keller
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. – Helen Keller
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. – Helen Keller
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. – Helen Keller
Share these Helen Keller quotes with your family and friends for that surge of inspiration.