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Helen Keller Sayings: Militarism ... is the chief bulwark of capitalism. When it is that militarism is undermined, Militarism ... is the chief bulwark of capitalism. When it is that militarism is undermined, capitalism will fail.
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Helen Keller Sayings: People don't like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not People don't like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
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Helen Keller Sayings: On Power:It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but On Power:
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.
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Helen Keller Sayings: The danger of having the Constitution twisted and misconstrued to support vested interests and prejudices The danger of having the Constitution twisted and misconstrued to support vested interests and prejudices must be guarded against if American democracy is to maintain a progressive character.
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Helen Keller Sayings: Some people are foolish enough to imagine that wealth and power and fame satisfy our Some people are foolish enough to imagine that wealth and power and fame satisfy our hearts: but they never do, unless they are used to create and distribute happiness in the world.
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Helen Keller Sayings: The continued lynchings and other crimes against negroes, whether in New England or the South, The continued lynchings and other crimes against negroes, whether in New England or the South, and unspeakable political exponents of white supremacy, according to all recorded history, augur ill for America's future.
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Helen Keller Sayings: There will never be another now - I'll make the most of today. There will There will never be another now -
I'll make the most of today.
There will never be another me -
I'll make the most of myself.
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Helen Keller Sayings: Obedience is the gateway through which knowledge enters the mind. Obedience is the gateway through which knowledge enters the mind.
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Helen Keller Sayings: We the living, should not think of the dead as lonely because if they could We the living, should not think of the dead as lonely because if they could speak to us, they would say: "Do not weep for me, earth was not my true country, I was an alien there: I am at Home where everyone comes."
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Helen Keller Sayings: Once, when I was puzzled to know why there were so many religions, he said: Once, when I was puzzled to know why there were so many religions, he said: "There is one universal religion, Helen- the religion of love. Love your heavenly father with your whole heart and soul, love every child of God as much as you ever can, and remember that the possibilities of good are greater than the possibilities of evil; and you have the key to heaven." And his life was a happy illustration of this great truth. In this noble soul love and widest knowledge were blended with faith that had become insight. He saw God in all that liberates and lifts, in all that humbles, sweetens and consoles.
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Helen Keller Sayings: There are moments when I feel that the Shylocks, the Judases, and even the Devil There are moments when I feel that the Shylocks, the Judases, and even the Devil are broken spokes in the great wheel of good which shall in due time be mad whole.
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Helen Keller Sayings: There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness.
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Helen Keller Sayings: The beginning of my life was simple and much like every other little life. I The beginning of my life was simple and much like every other little life. I came, I saw, I conquered, as the first baby in the family always does.
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Helen Keller Sayings: Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed.
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Helen Keller Sayings: When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted into which our grief has given us entrance. And inevitably, we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy and their understanding.
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Helen Keller Sayings: The true task is to unite and organize all workers ... and it is the The true task is to unite and organize all workers ... and it is the workers themselves who must secure freedom for themselves ...
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Helen Keller Sayings: When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun. When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun.
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Helen Keller Sayings: Rebuffed, but always persevering; self-reproached, but ever regaining faith; undaunted, tenacious, the heart of man Rebuffed, but always persevering; self-reproached, but ever regaining faith; undaunted, tenacious, the heart of man labors toward immeasurably distant goals.
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Helen Keller Sayings: I have heard of the stars, of the play of light on the wavesthese i I have heard of the stars, of the play of light on the waves
these i would like to see
but far more than sight
i wish for my ears to be opened
the voice of a friend
the imaginations of mozart
life without these is darker by far
than blindness
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Helen Keller Sayings: World peace will never come until the passion of supremacy is combated. World peace will never come until the passion of supremacy is combated.
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Helen Keller Sayings: It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing. It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.
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Helen Keller Sayings: Is love the sweetness of flowers? Is love the sweetness of flowers?
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Helen Keller Sayings: Words are the mind's wings, are they not? Words are the mind's wings, are they not?
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Helen Keller Sayings: Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom. Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.
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Helen Keller Sayings: Speech is the birthright of every child. It is the deaf child's one fair chance Speech is the birthright of every child. It is the deaf child's one fair chance to keep in touch with his fellows.
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Helen Keller Sayings: I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet
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Helen Keller Sayings: Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
Helen Keller Sayings: The civilization of a state should be measured by the amount of suffering it prevents The civilization of a state should be measured by the amount of suffering it prevents and the degree of happiness it makes possible for its citizens.
Helen Keller Sayings: In a word, literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of In a word, literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. 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.
Helen Keller Sayings: I believe humility is a virtue, but I prefer not to use it unless it I believe humility is a virtue, but I prefer not to use it unless it is absolutely necessary.
Helen Keller Sayings: Smell is a fallen angel. Smell is a fallen angel.
Helen Keller Sayings: The worst calamity: 'To have eyes and fail to see.' The worst calamity: 'To have eyes and fail to see.'
Helen Keller Sayings: College isn't the place to go for ideas. College isn't the place to go for ideas.
Helen Keller Sayings: Once I knew only darkness and stillness ... my life was without past or future 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.
Helen Keller Sayings: The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place. The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.
Helen Keller Sayings: There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
Helen Keller Sayings: Every child has a right to be well-born, well-nurtured and well-taught, and only the freedom Every child has a right to be well-born, well-nurtured and well-taught, and only the freedom of woman can guarantee him this right.
Helen Keller Sayings: True teaching cannot be learned from text-books any more than a surgeon can acquire his True teaching cannot be learned from text-books any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery.
Helen Keller Sayings: Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard. Other odors, instantaneous and fleeting, cause my heart to dilate joyously or contract with remembered grief. Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents that start awake sweet memories of summers gone and ripening fields far away.
Helen Keller Sayings: Under softest touch hides treacherous claws. Under softest touch hides treacherous claws.
Helen Keller Sayings: There's only one story, the story of your life. There's only one story, the story of your life.
Helen Keller Sayings: Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
Helen Keller Sayings: For years to come the debris of a convulsed world will beset our steps. It For years to come the debris of a convulsed world will beset our steps. It will require a purpose stronger than any man and worthy of all men to calm and inspirit us. A sane society whose riches are happy children, men and women, beautiful with peace and creative activity, is not going to be ordained for us. We must make it ourselves.
Helen Keller Sayings: The living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! The living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!
Helen Keller Sayings: Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again. Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again.
Helen Keller Sayings: I read from Mark Twain's lips one or two of his good stories. He has I read from Mark Twain's lips one or two of his good stories. He has his own way of thinking, saying and doing everything. I feel the twinkle of his eye in his handshake. Even while he utters his cynical wisdom in an indescribably droll voice, he makes you feel that his heart is a tender Iliad of human sympathy.
Helen Keller Sayings: I can see in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden.
Helen Keller Sayings: If we spend the time we waste in sighing for the perfect golden fruit in If we spend the time we waste in sighing for the perfect golden fruit in fulfilling the conditions of its growth, happiness will come, must come. It is guaranteed in the very laws of the universe. If it involves some chastening and renunciation, well, the fruit will be all the sweeter for this touch of holiness.
Helen Keller Sayings: I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life.
Helen Keller Sayings: The tragic side of many architectural enterprises is that they destroy natural beauties which are The tragic side of many architectural enterprises is that they destroy natural beauties which are a priceless possession and cannot be replaced.
Helen Keller Sayings: Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes 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 Sayings: Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that 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.
Helen Keller Sayings: I cannot see the lovely things with my eyes, but my mind can see them I cannot see the lovely things with my eyes, but my mind can see them all, and so I am joyful all the day long.
Helen Keller Sayings: When we do the best we can, we never know what miracles await. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracles await.
Helen Keller Sayings: I have depended on books not only for pleasure and for the wisdom they bring I have depended on books not only for pleasure and for the wisdom they bring to all who read, but also for that knowledge which comes to others through their eyes and their ears.
Helen Keller Sayings: Relationships are like Rome difficult to start out, incredible during the prosperity of the 'golden Relationships are like Rome
difficult to start out, incredible during the prosperity of the 'golden age', and unbearable during the fall. Then, a new kingdom will come along and the whole process will repeat itself until you come across a kingdom like Egypt ... that thrives, and continues to flourish. This kingdom will become your best friend, your soul mate, and your love.
Helen Keller Sayings: I regard philanthropy as a tragic apology for wrong conditions under which human beings live I regard philanthropy as a tragic apology for wrong conditions under which human beings live ...
Helen Keller Sayings: Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful. Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
Helen Keller Sayings: I feel the flame of eternity in my soul. I feel the flame of eternity in my soul.
Helen Keller Sayings: Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing.
Helen Keller Sayings: Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They 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 Sayings: Life is either a great adventure or nothing. Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller Sayings: I have found out that though the ways in which I can make myself useful 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 Sayings: First they ask me to tell the life of the child who is mother to First they ask me to tell the life of the child who is mother to the woman. Then they make me my own daughter and ask for an account of grown-up sensations. Finally I am requested to write about my dreams, and thus I become an anachronical grandmother; for it is the special privilege of old age to relate dreams.
Helen Keller Sayings: Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained 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 Sayings: To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see. To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.
Helen Keller Sayings: I cannot but say a word and look my disapproval when I hear that my I cannot but say a word and look my disapproval when I hear that my country is spending millions for war and war engines-more, I have heard, than twice as much as the entire public school system costs the nation.
Helen Keller Sayings: All that we love deeply becomes part of us. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.
Helen Keller Sayings: Your success and happiness lie in you. Your success and happiness lie in you.
Helen Keller Sayings: But I didn't dream that, that interview would be the door through which I should But I didn't dream that, that interview would be the door through which I should pass from darkness into light, from isolation to friendship, companionship, knowledge, love.
Helen Keller Sayings: It is certain that I cannot always distinguish my own thoughts from those I read, It is certain that I cannot always distinguish my own thoughts from those I read, because what I read becomes the very substance and text of my mind.
Helen Keller Sayings: You are amazed at all the things you know which are not on the examination You are amazed at all the things you know which are not on the examination paper.
Helen Keller Sayings: Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children 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 Sayings: Change may be the vitalizing wind blowing through the house of life, but it is Change may be the vitalizing wind blowing through the house of life, but it is not an abiding force. We need permanent things to soak peace into us as well as progress - the beauty of the earth, seedtime and harvest, the smiles of lovers, the joy of the young in being alive, pride in craftsmanship. Why, oh why must we let ourselves forget these lasting treasures in an age of consuming ambition, speed madness and accumulated goods that leave us no chance to live? If we cannot be contented with a little no wealth will ever satisfy us.
Helen Keller Sayings: I fall, I stand still ... I trudge on. I gain a little ... I I fall, I stand still ... I trudge on. I gain a little ... I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory.
Helen Keller Sayings: Surely there is no road of effort so steep but a loving deed may soften Surely there is no road of effort so steep but a loving deed may soften its hardshness.
Helen Keller Sayings: Silence sits immense upon my soul. Then comes hope with a smile and whispers, "There Silence sits immense upon my soul. Then comes hope with a smile and whispers, "There is joy in self-forgetfulness.
Helen Keller Sayings: I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
Helen Keller Sayings: Fear: the best way out is through. Fear: the best way out is through.
Helen Keller Sayings: How futile are words in the ears of those who mourn. How futile are words in the ears of those who mourn.
Helen Keller Sayings: If we believe that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, If we believe that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields.
Helen Keller Sayings: The saddest thing in life is people with sight, but without vision. The saddest thing in life is people with sight, but without vision.
Helen Keller Sayings: I am not a perfect being ... I have more faults than I know what I am not a perfect being ... I have more faults than I know what to do with. I have a naughty temper. I am stubborn, impatient of hindrances and of stupidity. I have not in the truest sense a Christian spirit. I am naturally a fighter. I am lazy. I put off till tomorrow what I might better do today. I do not feel that I have been compensated for the two senses I lack. I have worked hard for all the senses I have got, and always I beg for more.
Helen Keller Sayings: While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done. While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
Helen Keller Sayings: How spiritually blind are men that they fail to see that we are bound together. How spiritually blind are men that they fail to see that we are bound together. We rise or fall together; we are dwarfed or godlike, free or chained, together.
Helen Keller Sayings: The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller Sayings: The best things in life are unseen, thats why we close our eyes when we The best things in life are unseen, thats why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry, and dream
Helen Keller Sayings: FOR some inexplicable reason the sense of smell does not hold the high position it FOR some inexplicable reason the sense of smell does not hold the high position it deserves among its sisters. There is something of the fallen angel about it. When it woos us with woodland scents and beguiles us with the fragrance of lovely gardens, it is admitted frankly to our discourse. But when it gives us warning of something noxious in our vicinity, it is treated as if the demon had got the upper hand of the angel, and is relegated to outer darkness, punished for its faithful service.
Helen Keller Sayings: What is worse than having no sight is being able to see but having no What is worse than having no sight is being able to see but having no vision.
Helen Keller Sayings: The human being is born with an incurable capacity for making the best of things. The human being is born with an incurable capacity for making the best of things.
Helen Keller Sayings: Great poetry needs no interpreter other than a responsive heart. Great poetry needs no interpreter other than a responsive heart.
Helen Keller Sayings: Let pessimism once take hold of the mind, and life is all topsy-turvy, all vanity Let pessimism once take hold of the mind, and life is all topsy-turvy, all vanity and vexation of spirit. There is no cure for individual or social disorder, except in forgetfulness and annihilation.
Helen Keller Sayings: At first I was rather unwilling to study Latin grammar. It seemed absurd to waste At first I was rather unwilling to study Latin grammar. It seemed absurd to waste time analyzing every word I came across - noun, genitive, singular, feminine - when its meaning was quite plain. I thought I might just as well describe my pet in order to know it - order, vertebrate; division, quadruped; class, mammalia; genus, felinus; species, cat; individual, Tabby. But as I got deeper into the subject, I became more interested, and the beauty of the language delighted me.
Helen Keller Sayings: Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the 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.
Helen Keller Sayings: It is curious to observe what different ideals of happiness people cherish, and in what 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 Sayings: My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
Helen Keller Sayings: The simplest way to be happy is to do good. The simplest way to be happy is to do good.
Helen Keller Sayings: Our beloved ones have not 'gone to a far country.' It is only the veil Our beloved ones have not 'gone to a far country.' It is only the veil of sense that separates them from us, and even that veil grows thin when our thoughts reach out to them.
Helen Keller Sayings: We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the worldthe We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world
the company of those who have known suffering.
Helen Keller Sayings: Life is to be lived as a magnificent adventure, or not at all. Life is to be lived as a magnificent adventure, or not at all.