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Helen Keller

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Life is either a great adventure or nothing.


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.


The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.


All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.


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.


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.


People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.


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.


I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.


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


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.


I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.


I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.


I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.


Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.


It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.


Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.


It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.


It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.


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.


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


Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
 

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.


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.
 

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.


Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

 
Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.


Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.
 

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.


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

 
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.




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