Sunday, September 25, 2005

Helen Keller Quoted

Helen Adams Keller (27 June 1880 – 1 June 1968) American writer and social activist; illness (possibly scarlet fever) at the age of 19 months left her deaf, blind, and mute.

"The two greatest characters in the 19th century are Napoleon and Helen Keller. Napoleon tried to conquer the world by physical force and failed. Helen tried to conquer the world by power of mind — and succeeded!" ~ Mark Twain

Helen Keller Says..


If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.


"Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession. Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they could be! Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they would be miserable. If happiness is to be so measured, I who cannot hear or see have every reason to sit in a corner with folded hands and weep. If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, —if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing."

The Simplest Way to be Happy

"A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships."

"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."

1 comment:

Dhandy said...

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