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No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
by 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

Related topics: Positive Inspirational

The highest result of education is tolerance.
- Helen Keller

The most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

 

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
- Helen Keller

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.
- 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

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Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge -
broad, deep knowledge - is to know true ends from false,
and lofty things from low.
- Helen Keller

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- 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

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Knowledge is love and light and vision.
- Helen Keller

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

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

We can do anything we want to
if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
- Helen Keller

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
he fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

A happy life consists not in the absence,
but in the mastery of hardships.
- Helen Keller

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
- Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

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

True happiness... is not attained
through self-gratification,
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

The world is moved along, not only
by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes
of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.
If it be true that optimism compels the world forward,
and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to
propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
- 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

The bulk of the world's knowledge is an imaginary construction.
- 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

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

All the world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming.
- Helen Keller

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

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

Happiness is the final and perfect fruit
of obedience to the laws of life.
- Helen Keller

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

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

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.
- Helen Keller

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination,
which the steadfast heart will conquer,
and the large mind will transcend.
- Helen Keller

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

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.
- Helen Keller

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.
- Helen Keller

Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

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

We could never learn to be brave and patient,
if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

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

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

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.
- Helen Keller

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

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.
- Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature.
- 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

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.
- Helen Keller

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

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

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

It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky.
Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
- Helen Keller

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding.
I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
- Helen Keller

The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world
with a broader significance
than the narrow association of
members in a sect or creed.
- Helen Keller

It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller


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