Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

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.

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