Very few have overcome greater obstacles than Helen Keller, who learned to communicate through the eyes and ears of others after a fever left her deaf and blind as an infant.
In The Light Of A Brighter Day, an essay first broadcast in 1951, the author activist and lecturer discussed her vision of faith.
Below is a small selection of some of Helen Keller's most inspiring ideas.
- 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
- Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
- Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run, life is either a daring adventure or nothing
- One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar
- My friends have made the story of my life. they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation
- 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
- 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 as been opened for us>
- The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker
- No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit
- Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence
- 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 highest result of education is tolerance
- The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision
- I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble