Quotes for
the Journey:

Helen Keller



One can never consent
to creep when one feels
the impulse to soar.

   

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.

   

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

   
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but my chief duty is to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.  The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
   

Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge--broad deep knowledge-- is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.  To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.

   
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
    
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.

The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me.  I have met people so empty of joy that when I clasped their frosty fingertips it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm.  Others there are whose hands have sunbeams in them, so that their grasp warms my heart.  It may be only the clinging touch of a child's hand, but there is as much potential sunshine in it for me as there is in a loving glance for others.
    
I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings.
   
I have walked with people whose eyes are full of light but who see nothing in sea or sky, nothing in city streets, nothing in books.  It were far better to sail forever in the night of blindness with sense, and feeling, and mind, than to be content with the mere act of seeing.  The only lightless dark is the night of darkness in ignorance and insensibility.
   
Never bend your head.  Always hold it high.  Look the world straight in the face.

(to a five-year-old blind child)
  
One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
  
It need not discourage us if we are full of doubts.  Healthy questions keep faith dynamic.  In fact, unless we start with doubts we cannot have a deep-rooted faith.  One who believes lightly and unthinkingly has not much of a belief.  Those who have a faith which is not shaken have won it through blood and tears-- have worked their way from doubt to truth as one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns.
  

   
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
   
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
  
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 people.  It then appears that we are among the privileged.
  
Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world.  So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.
   
My friends have made the story of my life.  In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.
   
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
    
Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness.  Carry a vision of heaven in your hearts, and you shall make your name, your college, the world, correspond to that vision.  Your success and happiness lie within you.  External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer wrappings.  The great, enduring realities are love and service.  Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty.
    
When indeed shall we learn that we are all related one to the other, that we are all members of one body?  Until the spirit of love for our fellow people, regardless of race, color or creed, shall fill the world, making real in our lives and our deeds that actuality of human brother and sisterhood-- until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.
  

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