Helen Keller: A Rich Legacy of Wise Words

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There’s an old adage that says,

None are so blind as those who will not see.

Perhaps the worst blindness of all is to be intentionally blind to our own faults. This leaves little room at all for improvement.

What stands in stark contrast to those of us with abilities and who do not use them, are people with disabilities who let nothing prevent them from achieving success and fulfilment. While there are and have been many such souls, one that comes to mind is Helen Keller.

Helen Keller's legacy lives on.

Helen Keller’s legacy lives on.

Although she was physically deaf and blind, she in no way let that prevent her from living a richly rewarding and truly meaningful life. Nor did she use her disabilities as an excuse. She overcame adversity to reveal herself as a true visionary.

A sense of purpose and vision is what is lacking in people that say they want success, but fail to make plans or take actions. Many people have no idea of the wonderful abilities, talents, and gifts they possess because they lay completely dormant.

Helen Keller – A Brief Look At Her Life

Although Helen Keller died almost 50 years ago, her personal leadership and rich legacy of words live on to inspire us.

Who of us are not richer, wiser or more ennobled when we read words that motivate and encourage us?

When she was born in the summer of 1880, Helen Keller had the ability to see and hear, but at 19 months of age,Β she contracted either meningitis or scarlet fever which robbed her of these abilities. At the time, they were uncertain as to the exact cause.

Despite that, she was able to accomplish quite a lot in her 87 years. She was an…

  • accomplished author, publishing her autobiograpy, The Story Of My Life. Download a free copy from Archive.org here.
  • activist for the disabled.
  • honor student, graduating magna cum laude from Radcliffe College.
  • lecturer.

Helen Keller was listed by Gallup Inc. as one of the most widely admired people in the 20th century.

She traveled to 39 countries, helped found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.

Helen Keller was a luminary figure.

Helen Keller was a luminary figure.

Helen Keller’s Rich Legacy Of Wise Words

To say that she had a facility with words would be to understate her talents. May her words richly encourage your heart and infuse your spirit with inspiration. πŸ™‚

  1. All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
  2. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
  3. As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
  4. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
  5. Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
  6. Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
  7. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
  8. 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.
  9. It seems to me that there is in each of us a capacity to comprehend the impressions and emotions which have been experienced by mankind from the beginning. This inherited capacity is a sort of sixth-sense which sees, hears, feels, all in one.
  10. It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
  11. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
  12. Knowledge is love and light and vision. <Tweet this!>
  13. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
  14. Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
  15. Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
  16. Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
  17. Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy cause.
  18. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
  19. No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
  20. One cannot consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
  21. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
  22. Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
  23. So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
  24. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
  25. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
  26. The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
  27. Until the great mass of people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
  28. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
  29. We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
  30. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
  31. When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another.
  32. While they were saying to themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
  33. Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

In conclusion, I think we are all capable of much more than we often give ourselves credit for.
Isn’t it inspiring to know that the only real limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves?

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I am grateful for Helen Keller’s contribution. Aren’t you?

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78 thoughts on “Helen Keller: A Rich Legacy of Wise Words

  1. Hi Bill,

    Helen keller is truly inspiring…despite her physical challenges she could achieve more than anybody can imagine!

    The short story of her life, in one of the books of middle school inspired the students so much that they dramatised it very effectively in one of the inter class Drama Competitions we had. This post has taken me back to those days, reminding me of the girl who had played the role of Helen Keller with great conviction and had won the best prize that year! Even the senior students applauded her performance…whereas I felt it was the content…the struggle which captivated their attention.

    She continues to inspire generation after generation, with her words of wisdom even now. I love each one of these. Thanks for compiling them.
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    • Hi Balroop,
      Yes, indeed. I was amazed to find that she even learned to appreciate music by sensing the vibration through her fingertips.
      If able bodied people heightened their sensitivity to their own latent talents, they would be able to accomplish as much as Helen Keller.

      I agree with you, and that is the power of creating such a wonderfully rich legacy. I aim to do as much with my life, and I hope others do as well.

      You’re very welcome Balroop. Do have a beautiful week. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Balroop,

      You’re very fortunate to have watched a nicely dramatized piece about Keller…if someone is that privileged, I would argue that the motivation such an experience ensured would last a lifetime.

      Would you concur?

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  2. Bill
    Thanks for sharing this great inspiring story of Helen Keller.
    Life is fun, because we make it so.

    • Hi Om,
      You’re very welcome, my friend. As you’ve noticed, I even included where to obtain Helen Keller’s autobiography.
      It’s a very fascinating read with so many life lessons in it. You’re right. Life is what we make of it.

      Have a pleasant week!

  3. My fav: The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
    This is a beautiful post. Thanks for making my Monday morning a bit more bright, after a bad week last week. I love quotes.
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    • Hi Laurie,
      I’m certainly glad to hear this post helped to brighten your day. I think your fav is a most telling quote, isn’t it?
      It doesn’t leave much wiggle room for those who are willfully blind, does it? I appreciate your kind words. πŸ™‚

      May the rest of your week be truly wonderful!

  4. I like so many of these that it’s hard to choose just one, but I think that #23 is beautiful. Life is good, and not to be taken for granted. What an inspiring article!
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    • Hi Meredith,
      As you may have guessed, I like all Helen Keller’s wise words. I like #23 as well, because much of what makes life meaningful is the memories we have of loved ones and quality time together. Glad you’re inspired! I appreciate you!

      Have a great week!

  5. Bill, I think you chose an excellent selection of Helen Keller’s well-earned wisdom. For me,the quote that speaks most clearly to her essence is Number 7. If all of us follow suit the world will become a better place.
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    • Hello Paul, Thank you. I like #7 as well because Helen Keller words remind us all, that together we make a difference; a value that I believe in.
      We can all dream of such a world, can’t we? At least, that’s the hope. πŸ™‚
      Have a great week!

  6. Amazing how Helen Keller can still inspire us today. I remember reading about her in school when I was a kid. Wonder if kids still read about her?
    7, 8 and especially 15 speak to me the most.
    “Life is either a great adventure or nothing” Go after what you want in life and you are surely to enjoy it more πŸ™‚
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    • Hi Sandy,
      Welcome! Helen Keller is one of my many favorites. That’s an interesting question. I wonder if they teach anything about her at all?
      Put together, those words of wisdom say, “Make your life a great and noble adventure.”
      Kind Regards,

  7. Hi Bill,

    Thank you for sharing these nuggets of wisdom from Helen Keller. In fact, I didn’t know Helen’s life story and again, thank you for sharing the download link which I just used to get to know her story through her book.

    Somehow, we all relate very well with the stories of struggle, the story of overcoming to become and this is one such fabulous life story. You chose the perfect thing to inspire us today.

    Last but not the least, although all the quotes are powerful, I resonate the most with this one:
    “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.”

    Have a successful week!

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    • Hi Kumar,
      You’re welcome, my friend. I’m glad you have the opportunity to learn about Helen Keller and the importance of her legacy.
      I agree with you Kumar. I think life is much more meaningful to have endured and overcome struggles, challenges and what appear to be insurmountable problems.
      I like the 22nd quote as well because wisdom has nothing to do with the human ego. It is in conquering our ego that we become wise.

      Thanks! I wish you the very same. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Kumar,

      It’s a great thing that you have discovered about Helen on Bill’s blog…she is perhaps the biggest epitome of motivation history provides. I sincerly urge you to read all about her you could possibly find – you’ll hardly lack motivation!

      For someone in her circumstance, her charisma, motivation and passion border on the miraculous!

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  8. Hi Bill,

    I remember as a child watching the movie about Helen Keller and it always stuck in my mind. The movie was a bit scary from a child’s point of view, but it left an impression on me. Here is a little girl about my age who, despite her physical problems, moved on with her life.

    I can remember as a child thinking how grateful I was to be healthy. She opened my eyes to what a human can achieve.

    Then, later on, I read about her and more inspiration rang into my soul. This is one great example of our human potential.

    It was difficult to pick out a favorite quote you listed, but I’m going with: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” Because faith is to me, the starting point. It is sort of a spiritual push out of my box to do what I may fear or be uncomfortable doing.

    Thanks again for a wonderful post!

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    • Hi Donna,
      That’s neat. I remember seeing a movie about her too. What always impresses me are people with disabilities who are determined to be successful in life.
      You’ve probable heard of Nick Vujicic. He’s another person who inspires me. πŸ™‚ Such is the case too with my daughter’s fiancee, Tyler, who is blind and hearing impaired. He has a Masters degree in Politial Science and work he enjoys. So, yes, I’m also very grateful for health.
      As we’ve briefly discussed before, the strength that comes from faith is important. You’re so welcome! Have a terrific week!

  9. There are a few that i really like but number 20 ids great. I chose to soar above the masses
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    • Hi Jay,
      You have a great attitude. You must have noticed the word consent? Helen Keller was right. The ability to soar rests in giving ourselves permission to do what is right and consent to not do what is wrong.

  10. Mary Stephenson says:

    Hi Bill

    Yes Helen’s story is very inspiring. How much we complain and really have so very little to complain about!

    I wonder if she would have achieved as much if she had not so many obstacles to face in life. Maybe some actually go on to amazing lives only because they know they have to try harder than anyone else. When life is comfortable many of us just settle, but when our backs are against the wall we then take action.

    Very interesting post.


    • Hi Mary,
      True enough. Complaining is really a waste of precious time and energy, especially when it can be put into seeking solutions and problem solving.

      It’s difficult to say if Helen Keller would have achieved as much, but I tend to think that it was those obstacles that grew in her a fierce determination to not let anything stop her from living a richly rewarding life, as reflected in her life story. I think the difficulties I’ve experienced have made me stronger.

      Kind Regards,

  11. Number 21 is the one that I like best and something I firmly believe. As for Helen Keller, I still have her book – she was an amazing person and an inspiration to all.

    • Hi Lenie,
      Where would any of us be without optimism? I think it especially true in this troubled world, where many people are intent to make trouble and create problems, rather than BE LOVE TO OTHERS. Yes, Helen Keller was amazing. I think that is the power of her legacy that lives on.

      All the best!

  12. I remember reading her biography in late elementary school and I must have wore the cover off due to reading it so much. It’s such an inspirational story and one I should read again one of these days.
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    • Hi Jeri,
      I think everyone appreciates wise words, especially from those whose life speaks for itself, in terms of accomplishments.
      If someone like Helen Keller could overcome such severe handicaps, why can’t anyone? Many able-bodied people limit themselves and
      hold themselves back by negative thinking. I like to reread biographies I haven’t read for a while. They remind us of important life lessons.

      Have an enjoyable week!

  13. I read her biography over and over again, watched the movie a bunch of times and she has always been a personal hero to me. I think my favorite is: Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. For I feel that should all be called to do something wise in this world…she was the very best example of that
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      Helen Keller is one of my personal heroes too. That’s a very powerful thought… for all to do something wise. Just think if the world were filled with people who lived wisely, who not only profess peace but enact it! That day certainly can’t arrive soon enough!

      Kind Regards,

  14. 33.Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

    I’ve been reflecting recently about happiness. What does it mean and look like for me? How do I live with purpose and intent rather than just going through the motions?

    • Hi Christina,
      Isn’t it surprising how little it takes for some people to be happy? Think of a little child who jumps for joy, breaks out into spontaneous laughter – with not a care in the world. Yes, Helen Keller was wise to remind us of happiness. We should all be like that little child.

      Kind Regards!

  15. You wrote on a great personality of the last century, and encouraging life story.
    In fact, a page is dedicated to Helen Keller in Nepali “Sociology” text books.
    And only this week April 2nd , tomorrow a segment in the children show “Khushiko sansar” (meaning, “A Happy World” in partnership with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is going to be aired. I conceived the idea, and developed the script, and my friend Milan directed the documentary type episode, to be broadcast on the national channel Nepal Television.
    Just talked to my friends in the office about your post, and they are glad to know of the coincidence you published on her and we made a program on her!

    • Greetings Bidur,
      Thanks for sharing about the text books. It’s always good to learn something new too. I think the text books are confirmation of her legacy being alive and well. I would love to see that program. Yes, I believe there is such a thing as serendipity. πŸ™‚

      Have a great week ahead!

  16. Hi Bill,

    You are right, what a legacy she’s left us and we can all just aspire to be even a quarter of what she was. I remember hearing her stories many times over the years and it’s so inspiring to know all she went through but still had such a positive attitude about life in general and went on to do so much good in the world and achieve so much.

    I love all her quotes so I don’t have one in particular that stands out. I’ve shared a lot of hers throughout my time online and she’s just so inspiring.

    I hope I can be just a hair of the person she was and how truly lucky I will be.

    Thank you for this reminder Bill and enjoy your day.

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    • Hi Adrienne,
      Some people are content to contribute very little to society, I think as long as we all aspire to be our best, no matter the circumstances, then we are on the right path. That’s why we need more Helen Keller’s and Nick Vujicic’s of the world.

      Thanks Adrienne. Have a beautiful week ahead!

  17. I only knew a little bit about Helen Keller before this article. She was a wonderful, positive woman. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Hi Jason,
      I encourage you to read Helen Keller’s autobiography when you have time. Some of the things she accomplished are very surprising.
      I think she still stands as an advocate for the disabled. Enjoy your week!

  18. I loved the fact Helen was an outspoken suffragist, an advocate of worker’s rights and an opponent of child labor. She made a commitment to improving the quality of life for people who are blind and deafblind. I loved the movie “The Miracle Worker” and Anne Bancroft won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Anne Sullivan, her friend. I can’t say one quote stands out over the other, but she was a great lady of her time.

    • Hi Arleen,
      Yes and she was also active as a Socialist. I love that movie too Arleen. I like to think that miracles are possible.
      I like her saying, “As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
      The latter portion of that statement where my focus is. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

  19. Hi Bill,

    Helen Keller was phenomenal. I remember watching her story on TV as a child. I was fascinated and every time it came on TV I watched and every remake ever made, I make sure I watch. I love her story, her determination, her perseverance. We can learn so much from her and her works, her words and her life. A phenomenal woman for sure!

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    • Hi Barbara,
      Phenomenal is a great word to describe her. She was active in so many areas, and it should shame those who are too lazy to live life intentionally.
      If we all have the same determination to succeed in life, we can be our own “Miracle Worker.”

      All the best to you!

  20. Great post, William! I would say that number 17 is the one that speaks the most to me. It is amazing how often people think that just pursuing their own gains is all they really need, but they end up like J.P. Morgan, who after becoming the first billionaire was asked how much money he needed, he said, “Just a little more.”
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    • Welcome Steve!
      Thanks for that. I think fidelity to our true selves, not the human ego, is the best thing we can do to assure success.
      Our ego would have us chase after attention, pursue personal gain and power, but the ego is never satisfied, just like Morgan’s
      insatiable appetite for more money. I think it is important to always put people first, as in my motto: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.

      Kind Regards,

  21. Thanks Bill I never pass a story with Helen Keller in it. This woman was extremely amazing and I have written my piece on her entitled “Being extraordinary” tagged below. Such an inspiring and amazing woman.
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  22. Hey Bill,

    I do have to say I really have to commend Helen Keller for being the inspiration that she was to us and the rest of the world. She was the epitome of a person who had a lot of vision, even though she couldn’t physically see. And when it came to determination and tenacity, she was a person that we all should pattern ourselves after. Most of us have physically what she lacked, so we have no excuse to hold ourselves back. If she can do it, why can’t we? Thanks for sharing Bill about Helen Keller and her positive quotes!

    • Hey Sherman,
      As Helen Keller said, “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” I think in agreement with your words that she leanred her lessons very well and lived them out fully.
      Have a great week!

  23. Hi Bill, wow , I did not know she lived so long or had so many wonderful quotes. She was truly an amazing person. I really like #4 and #11. They are all good and she was so wise. I do remember reading her biography in school.
    She has been an inspiration to so many people over the years…
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    • Hi Lisa,
      Yes, her wisdom still inspires many people, as does her legacy and the character she developed through adversity. Many times, in trying to achieve things, people stand in their own way. All in all, many lessons for life and business. We’ve just returned from enjoying a day out in the countryside.
      Have a great rest of the week!

  24. Hi Bill,

    Wonderful tribute to a great woman, who was so wise and so intelligent. To me a tribute to a woman, is always good, because as a woman I still feel that we live in a men’s world, so for that alone, I want to thank you very much.
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    • Hi Sylviane,
      Thank you very much. You may feel, from your perspective, it’s a man’s world, but from my perspective, where would us men be without the tremendous women in our lives? It is my pleasure to Helen Keller, and I plan to write about other women in future blog posts also. So many have made enormous differences in the lives of others, they deserve to be remembered and honored. You are most welcome! πŸ™‚
      Enjoy your week!

  25. Another Helen Keller quote I like is “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart”.

    • Hi Donna,
      Yes, thank you for that. Nothing quite like experiences of the heart. I wonder what the face of leadership would look like if it were to adopt this maxim?
      All the best,

  26. Hellen Keller is, or should be, an inspiration to us all.

    Unfortunately the majority of people are blind. Always have been and always will be. They hear and see what they want, or fear.
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    • Hi Catarina,
      You’re right, which aligns with the saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” Helen Keller lived in such a way as to challenge that
      broken down philosophy. Have a great weekend!

  27. This is a nice tribute to a great women.
    I like many of quotes listed above , I think each and every quote has it’s beauty and has something important to share and teach.
    My fav: Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
    The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
    She is an inspiration to many around the world. I still remember her story that was in our text book.
    I would like to share;
    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.
    Helen Keller

    Thank you for a nice share.

    • Welcome Andleeb,
      I think more women should be honored and it seems to me there are a number of women, such as Helen Keller, that would easily be forgotten if their legacy were not enlivened. Thank you for sharing your favorites and adding value with those extra quotations. Have a wonderful weekend!

  28. Hi Bill; Once again you have brought us an amazingly well written post. It is full of information and inspiration. I recently read a book that chronicled many of Keller’s speeches. I wasn’t aware that she went on the vodville circuit for about six years. Ann sullivan would explain a little about keller’s education, hellen would give a short speech, and then she would take questions from the audience. when asked what was the worst disability lack of sight hearing or speech. she would say the worst affliction is bone headedness or wrong headedness. I think the most important lesson I can tai from these quotes or anything else I’v read about hellen keller and life in general is that life isn’t meant to be a time of ease. we are meant to grow, learn stretch, improve, strive all throughout our days. just look at how many famous people’s lives ended shortly after they went into retirement? thanks for the post bill. Take care, Max
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    • Hi Max,
      I know as a Midway man, you would appreciate that she was on the vaudville circuit. For all the ways she challenged herself to be better,
      Helen Keller still inspires people to do the same. Yes, a few people I worked with died shortly after retirement. It’s not like we get to do this life over again. πŸ˜‰ You’re very welcome Max. Have a great weekend!

  29. I didn’t remember that she wasn’t born blind and deaf. She accomplished so much. Of course her teacher was brilliant in how she taught her to communicate. Thank you for the list of quotes. I really inspiring person!
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    • Hi Beth,
      Welcome back! Yes, it’s interesting what you find out about someone. I like how she learned to listen to music through sensing vibrations through her fingertips and how she eventually learned to talk.

      You’re very welcome! Have a great weekend!

  30. Another great example of what we can achieve by the virtue of our strong perseverance and dedication! Her story should be taught in various institutions and physically challenged individuals to motivate them to NEVER GIVE UP! And quote no 18, according to me is one of her best quotes!!!
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    • Hello Tuhin,
      Absolutely! She had all kinds of spunk. We also have the ability to face the world head on and whatever comes our way… never, ever give up!
      Have a great weekend!

  31. “While they were saying it could not be done, it was done.”

    This is easily my favourite quote and until now I had no idea that it was from Helen Keller. Now that I do know it makes such perfect sense. The sentiment behind the the quote is really to me the difference between living a life fulfilled and living a life focussed on the negative, focussed on what cannot be done. To me it epitomizes the woman herself so well. She could have lingered on what made her life challenging or she could just live a full life.
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    • Hi Debra,
      Very true… Her “just you wait and see” attitude I think came more from challenging herself to live fully than it did from having anything to prove to anyone. Her legacy proves she live fully and intentionally, and as such, so we should we all.

      All the best!

  32. Helen Keller’s Story is a pretty amazing one. She shows us that even against some amazing odds one can make a difference. It gets down to choice and she made on that we have all benefited from and will continue too for many generations to come. πŸ™‚
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    • Hi Susan,
      Yes, I agree. I think we can all make a difference. Some people need a little more motivation than others, that’s all. We definitely have CHOICE.
      It’s the one thing given to us to live with purpose and intention. Helen Keller certainly gave us a rich legacy. What shall we leave for others?

  33. She was certainly quite admirable. Would she have been able to accomplish what she did without her teacher Anne Sullivan and without the support of her family? How good of others to support those with disabilities – see how far we all can get with some support.
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    • Welcome Leora!
      It’s hard to say what any of us would accomplish without a great support system, but I think Helen Keller had enough inner determination and deep desire to be more and to do more than her disabilities would have dictated. Yes, we all need each other. That’s what makes this a great world. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a truly enjoyable week!

  34. Great topic, Bill πŸ™‚

    All of us are capable of doing great things, but most of the times, we end up not using our skills (or not doing the best of our abilities).

    This is a thing I am wondering about.

    I have these goals and plans so forth, but I tend to procrastinate a lot, especially these days (not sure of it is procrastination though…sometimes, I feel it’s motivation). I am still figuring out the solution (perhaps, I am making life too complex? Or maybe it is because I rely on too many tools).

    I am trying to figure it out. I am working on a blog post too…..on the same subject, to be published next week, so there is that motivation to figure everything out. Hopefully, it will work out as planned.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Bill! Thank you for reminding me about what I have. Appreciate it!
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    • Greetings Jeevan! πŸ™‚
      Yes, that’s why knowledge is POTENTIAL power, it’s useless until we APPLY it.
      No worries, my friend. Read my post That ought to inspire you! πŸ™‚

      Mindful awareness is a wonderful servant to personal growth. Have an awesome week, my friend!

  35. Hello Bill,

    Helen Keller has never ceased to amaze me! Inspite of her obvious challenge, she rose to be one of the truly remarkable personalities that walked this earth.

    Her life goes a long way to prove that if one is interested in greatness, it is virtually impossible to be limited by any challenge, no matter how great – or small!

    Quite inspiring I must say!

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    • Hello Terungwa πŸ™‚
      I agree with you, just there are many others. I say that, “Success is four dimensional. The depth of your desire determines the height of your success and the width of your determination determines what lengths you will go to.”

      We all need inspirational people in our lives to remind us that we, too, can achieve greatness.

      Kind Regards!

      • Bill, I love that quote…it probably is the reason why some persons literally astound us with their achievements!

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        • Hi Terungwa,
          Feel free to quote me on that. πŸ™‚
          In case you’ve lost the thread, here it is: β€œSuccess is four dimensional. The depth of your desire determines the height of your success and the width of your determination determines what lengths you will go to.” ~ William A. Butler

          It is something I think about all the time. Helen Keller certainly lived within these dimensions.

          Have a terrific weekend!

  36. The one that speaks to me is: Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
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    • Hi Becc!
      I like that H.K. quote too because so often people look outside of themselves for it. Quite often also they have an idea in their head what will make them happy when all they need to is look eighteen inches deeper. Once we resolve to BE happy, what will stop us?

      Kind Regards,

  37. ime ibanga says:

    Thanks Bill…Timeless thoughts from Helen Keller!
    Indeed, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

    • Hi Ime,
      Yes, Helen Keller surely did well for herself, despite the incredible setbacks she faced. Thank you for the Scott Hamilton quote. I’m not so sure I agree with it though. A bad attitude is certainly a terrible disability, but I think there are many others. Amongst them, for example, are intentional laziness, procrastination, and being out of alignment with your purpose. Glad to say Helen Keller did have any of those disabilities.

      Thanks for contributing! Blessings on your upcoming travels!

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