Helen Keller love quotes, sayings and The Miracle Worker, a movie about her
#2 We Bereaved, 1929
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.
#7 “Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy”, Joseph P. Lash, 1980
7. We live by each other and for each other. Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. Only love can break down the walls that stand between us and our happiness.
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.
Sayings by Helen Keller
1. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
#2 Helen Adams Keller (p. 60. Helen Keller’s Journal: 1936-1937, Doubleday, Doran & company, inc., 1938)
2. No doubt the reason is that character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
#3 Henry More: The Rational Theology of a Cambridge Plattonist, 1962, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, page 100
3. I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
#4 The Open Door, 1957
4. Security is mostly a superstition. It 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 outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
#5 Let Us Have Faith, 1940
5. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
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 “Christmas in the Dark” in Ladies Home Journal, December 1906
16. The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.
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 We Bereaved, 1929
19. Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.
#20-22 Optimism, 1903
20. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
21. … although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
22. No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
#23-24 Address to the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf at Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 July 1896
23. One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
24. I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer. Do not think of to-day’s failures, but of the success that may come to-morrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles — a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward — if the road was always smooth and pleasant. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. We shall speak, yes, and sing, too, as God intended we should speak and sing.
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”, speech in Carnegie Hall, 5 January 1916
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.
#29-30 The Simplest Way to be Happy, 1933
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.
30. I learned that it is possible for us to create light and sound and order within us, no matter what calamity may befall us in the outer world.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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. I left the well-house eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought. As we returned to the house every object which I touched seemed to quiver with life. That was because I saw everything with the strange, new sight that had come to me.
The Miracle Worker, a movie about Helen Keller
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