You may not be aware, but yesterday, June 27th, was Helen Keller Day. Helen Keller (born in 1880) became blind and deaf after a severe illness and fever as a newborn, however she is remembered for more than her disabilities. She was an advocate for education for both women and people with disabilities. She wrote articles in magazines as well as several books bringing attention to these issues. In 1913, she began lecturing across the states, raising funds for foundations and her endowment, cofounding unions, and working to improve the treatment of deaf and blind people. Through all of her work, she has left us many lessons that we can learn. Below are a handful of meaningful Helen Keller quotes.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
“What I'm looking for is not out there, it is in me.”
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
“Knowledge is love and light and vision.”
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
Value of Camaraderie
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
“Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.”
Depth of Love
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
“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 believed in learning for life and through life as well as the importance of engaging with others. She had hope in the power of inclusive community.