Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, including reading and writing;
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought!
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.
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.
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.
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.
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
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