1. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
2. When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
3. As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
4. 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.
5. Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
6. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.
A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.
Sayings by Helen Keller
1. Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
2. 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.
3. I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
4. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
5. 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.
6. No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
7. People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
8. Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.
9. Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousand of miles and all the years you have lived.
10. We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
14. Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
15. 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.
16. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
17. Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
18. Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
22. No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
23. One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
24. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
25. Science 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.
26. Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
27. While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
28. So much has been given to me I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.
29. A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
30. It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good. (The Simplest Way to be Happy, 1933)