Helen Keller Biography and Quotes
Explore June Larson's board "Helen Keller Quotes" on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Helen keller quotes, Quote and Quote life. He's the one that called Ann Sullivan the miracle worker. June Larson · Helen Keller Quotes Real Shit ..☮☮ Unhappy Relationship Quotes, Unhappy People Quotes, Unhappy Marriage . Be encouraged and inspired by these Helen Keller quotes page 3. that Keller's deaf-blindness forced her to depend on her teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy, that the reverse more accurately characterizes their relationship of nearly fifty years. These quotes can inspire an entire team or an individual, but their Her teacher, Anne Sullivan, started teaching Helen when she was seven.
We were glad from the child's necessity of being happy. The blind who have outgrown the child's perpetual joy can be children again on Christmas Day and celebrate in the midst of them who pipe and dance and sing a new song! The Five-sensed World We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses. The Five-sensed World The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness.
Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.
Paraphrasing of this statement may have been the origin of a similar one which has become attributed to her: Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people. What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. What good can votes do when ten-elevenths of the land of Great Britain belongs toand only one-eleventh to the rest of the 40,?
Have your men with their millions of votes freed themselves from this injustice? Some years ago I met a gentleman who was introduced to me as Mr. McKelway, editor of the Brooklyn Eagle … At the time the compliments that he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. But now that I have come out for Socialism he reminds me and the public that I am deaf and blind and especially liable to error.
When it fights back, let it fight fair. Quoted in, The Black Stork: Euthanasia and Eugenicsp. Physicians, The New Republic December, 18, Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder. Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings.
But if we listen to the best men and women everywhere … they will say that 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.HELEN KELLER SPEAKS OUT
We Bereaved Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. 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. We Bereaved Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Let Us Have Faith 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. The Open Door This quotation is often contracted into: Security is mostly a superstition Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
Quoted in Henry More: 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. Helen Adams Keller p.
If one thinks, one must reach conclusions; and conclusions are not always pleasant. They are a thorn in the spirit. But I consider it a priceless gift and a deep responsibility to think.
Her Socialist Years Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas. As quoted in the Fighting the Fires of Hate: The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivancame to me.
I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrasts between the two lives which it connects. It was the third of March,three months before I was seven years old. I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbour was.
We walked down the path to the well-house, attracted by the fragrance of the honeysuckle with which it was covered. Some one was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout.
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As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. 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. Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort; the words that fall from others' lips they catch on the wing, as it were, delightedly, while the little deaf child must trap them by a slow and often painful process.
But whatever the process, the result is wonderful. Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare. I had found a few early violets in the garden and brought them to my teacher. She tried to kiss me: Miss Sullivan put her arm gently round me and spelled into my hand, "I love Helen. She drew me closer to her and said, "It is here," pointing to my heart, whose beats I was conscious of for the first time.
Her words puzzled me very much because I did not then understand anything unless I touched it. I smelt the violets in her hand and asked, half in words, half in signs, a question which meant, "Is love the sweetness of flowers? The warm sun was shining on us. But Miss Sullivan shook her head, and I was greatly puzzled and disappointed.
I thought it strange that my teacher could not show me love. This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea Miss Sullivan touched my forehead and spelled with decided emphasis, "Think. This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea. For a long time I was still … trying to find a meaning for "love" in the light of this new idea.
The sun had been under a cloud all day, and there had been brief showers; but suddenly the sun broke forth in all its southern splendour. Again I asked my teacher, "Is this not love?
Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained: You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play. Ruth is so loyal and gentle-hearted, we cannot help loving her, as she stands with the reapers amid the waving corn.
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Her beautiful, unselfish spirit shines out like a bright star in the night of a dark and cruel age. Love like Ruth's, love which can rise above conflicting creeds and deep-seated racial prejudices, is hard to find in all the world.
The Bible gives me a deep, comforting sense that "things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal. Anger seized me, my fingers refused to move, I sat rigid for one long moment, the blood throbbing in my temples, and all the hatred that a child can feel concentrated in my heart.
Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends.
They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness. The things I have learned and the things I have been taught seem of ridiculously little importance compared with their "large loves and heavenly charities. 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.
Personality Optimism [ edit ] 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.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. 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. Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession.
Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they would be! Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they would be miserable. If happiness is to be so measured, I who cannot hear or see have every reason to sit in a corner with folded hands and weep. 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.
Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free Then love came and set my soul free. Once I knew only darkness and stillness. Now I know hope and joy. Once I fretted and beat myself against the wall that shut me in. Now I rejoice in the consciousness that I can think, act and attain heaven. My life was without past or future; death, the pessimist would say, "a consummation devoutly to be wished. Night fled before the day of thought, and love and joy and hope came up in a passion of obedience to knowledge.
Can anyone who has escaped such captivity, who has felt the thrill and glory of freedom, be a pessimist? It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference. I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and every one, and make that Best a part of my life.
I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true.
To what is good I open the doors of my being, and jealously shut them against what is bad. Such is the force of this beautiful and wilful conviction, it carries itself in the face of all opposition.
I am never discouraged by absence of good. I never can be argued into hopelessness. I, too, can work, and because I love to labor with my head and my hands, I am an optimist in spite of all. I used to think I should be thwarted in my desire to do something useful. But 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. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. 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.
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships. The best way out is always through. Never bend your head. Look the world straight in the eye. 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. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.