12 Beautiful Quotes of Hope and Inspiration from Helen Keller

Posted by Hayley on June 27, 2015


June 27, 1880: On this day, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a happy and confident baby, precociously starting to talk at 6 months.

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"Then, in the dreary month of February," Keller wrote in her autobiography, The Story of My Life, "came the illness which closed my eyes and ears and plunged me into the unconsciousness of a newborn." Her family doctor called it "brain fever." (Modern experts believe the illness was likely scarlet fever or meningitis.) The fever finally passed, but when it did, she was left, at 18 months old, permanently deaf and blind.

In the face of such adversity, Keller persevered, earning a bachelor of arts degree at the age of 24—the first deaf-blind person ever to do so—and going on to become an author, lecturer, and political activist. Read on for words of wisdom and encouragement from one of the most inspiring women in history.


1."I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly."

2. "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."

3. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

4. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

5. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."

6."Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."

7. "Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."

8. "Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."

9. "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

10. "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."

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

12. "Literature is my Utopia."


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message 1: by Nandini (new)

Nandini Has there ever been a more beautiful human?


message 2: by pangaea (new)

pangaea My favorites are #2 and #3 and... never mind they're all great!


message 3: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera :) Makes u feel so inspired.


message 4: by Faithc (new)

Faithc It has been a long time since I read this but each word of it is still carved in the corners of my heart. I want to read it again to remind myself that anything is possible if you believe and work hard enough.


message 5: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera It sounds like ur talking about a book.


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ Such beautiful quotes!


message 7: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Today, I truly cannot get past #4 just yet. It probably sounds crazy because it's supposed to cheer me up and inspire me and what I read I felt my heart melt and my eyes began to pour again. If I cry one more tear today.......I just can't. I hope it's okay to screen cap this so I can read it later. What I did read is Beautiful and leaves me in awe. Wishing in this moment I had the courage to.....

I just can't, but even though I know I missed some blog posts, I know without question, that if it's from Hayley Igarashi than it's going to be a Beautiful one and most definitely inspiring. So yes, with that said it does sound crazy that my Heart is in such incredible pain right now that reading something inspirational is too much to bear at the moment.

I look forward to reading it later. Did any of that make any sense to anyone? Thank you, Hayley for always always always bringing us some of the most needed posts I've ever read. Your diversity of each post is astonishing and that of one who is extremely creative! I Love that!

~*Happy Reading*~


message 8: by সৌরভ (new)

সৌরভ দাশ Inspired :)


message 9: by Lemonass (new)

Lemonass beautiful spirit. Wonderful quotes


message 10: by Paria (new)

Paria Such a beautiful mind! So full of life.... Life in all it's forms.. She seems to have seen it all, good or bad and simply understood to accept everything and
be truly happy.. One can learn a lot from such peace and knowledge..


message 11: by Lori (new)

Lori I have always had an interest in reading about Helen Keller. I am very impressed with her. When I was in High school I was thinking about being a teacher so during my senior year i did a "future teacher" program and my school was the "school for the blind" It was a neat year working with those young children. all because of Helen Keller. I never did end up being a teacher. but at least a year I will never forget.


message 12: by Jacki (new)

Jacki Love her. <3


message 13: by T. (new)

T. Soto Thank you for posting this. I really needed to read #1, #5, and #6 today. When I first learned about her, she taught me a HUGE lesson in remembering how to not take things for granted.


message 14: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds I still feel that what she says is true&real ,even though over time I have had good cause to fear any further leaps of faith.However truth in how I feel about all this will not be denied and I would not let it either.Life is confusing but it is life !


message 15: by Erika (new)

Erika Brathwaite Melissa wrote: "Today, I truly cannot get past #4 just yet. It probably sounds crazy because it's supposed to cheer me up and inspire me and what I read I felt my heart melt and my eyes began to pour again. If I c..."


message 16: by Erika (new)

Erika Brathwaite such beautiful insight from what seems to have stemmed from a beautiful spirit... encouragement,motivation and dynamic bliss..Thankyou


message 17: by Kay (new)

Kay J Numbers 2, 3, 4, and 10 are my favorite, I haven't read this book the story of my life, now I'm intrigued.


Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) Inspirational at it's finest!

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message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard Ward My favorite:

4. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."


message 21: by Kressel (new)

Kressel Housman Love #5. So true.


message 22: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds I think I love no 9 the best.!


message 23: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera #10 is so best.


message 24: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds yes you are right it is the best!


message 25: by Abbey (new)

Abbey I like #1 it would be nice 2 think someone was watching over you


message 26: by Suma (new)

Suma Rai i love #3 !


message 27: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds We must all agree then that its all wonderful stuff.
Gives you such cozy warm feelings about human emotions and possibility


message 28: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera Shelagh wrote: "We must all agree then that its all wonderful stuff.
Gives you such cozy warm feelings about human emotions and possibility"


So true...


message 29: by Tia (new)

Tia I had the opportunity to visit Ivy Green the second week of this month. It was amazing to see where she grew up and the impact she had on people with disabilities especially the blind/deaf people.


message 30: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Mamo "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

True


message 31: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds Just to see let alone touch ,with the best will in the world has to be enough but the heart longs just the same


message 32: by Robin (new)

Robin These are beautiful quotes! Literature is my utopia, too. :) I must read her books sometime soon.


message 33: by Kiara (new)

Kiara King They are all really beautiful quotes!!


message 34: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Kellies Number 4 is my favorite <3


message 35: by Kurt (new)

Kurt Douglass #12 - my new motto


message 36: by Brad (new)

Brad Graceful


message 37: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne I'm waiting for this in the mail at the moment!


message 38: by Hassan (new)

Hassan Rebecca wow!!!


message 39: by Hassan (new)

Hassan Rebecca wow!!!


message 40: by A (new)

A H #4 and #5 are beautiful...all are great actually :))


message 41: by Gehad (new)

Gehad Elgendy I loved #5 and #7


message 42: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Helen Keller has always been an inspiration to me - she overcame so much.

This book will be making it's way onto my reading shelf soon. Lately I have been finding myself reading so many more autobiographies, so it just feels right.


message 43: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds Might have to get this book,to find out how she came by
this great wisdom that today inspires so many of us!


message 44: by Herbert (new)

Herbert Robinson 8. "Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."


message 45: by Emily (new)

Emily Wilson I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes. ~ Kurt Cobain http://quotesdna.com/kurt-cobain-quotes


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