Stories That Do Well: The Inspiring Life of Helen Keller and 20 Motivational Quotes

For those who do not know her, Helen Keller (1880-1968) was a writer and activist of American origin, a promoter among so many causes of the female vote.

By Daniel Colombo
@danielcolombopr
International Master Coach

Hellen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree in America.

Shortly before he was two years old, he suffered from an illness that caused him to lose his hearing and vision, thus blocking his ability to learn to communicate.

At the age of seven, his teacher Anne Sullivan taught him to do it by spelling words in the palm of his hand. A few months later, based on his effort and improvement, he managed to read and write in Braille, and, later, with pencil.

He worked tirelessly in support of causes on civil liberties, labor rights and the rights of people with disabilities. He went around the world with his lectures and received many awards.

As we can see, whoever wants can.

Here, 20 phrases that mark the spirit of Helen Keller and that we can all use as a boost during difficult times:

  1. Character cannot be developed in tranquility and stillness. Only through experiences of judgment and suffering can one strengthen the soul, clear vision, inspire ambition, and achieve success.
  2. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart.
  3. When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so much at the closed door that we don’t see the one that was opened for us.
  4. Happiness does not come from outside, it comes from within.
  5. Never bow your head, always keep it upright. Look the world straight in the face.
  6. Why be content with living in tow when we feel the yearning to fly?
  7. People cannot be developed in simplicity and silence. Only through proving yourself and experiencing suffering can you be strengthened spirit, inspired ambition, and achieved success.
  8. Many people, despite having excellent eyesight, are blind in their perceptions.
  9. If you keep your face directed to the sun, you will never see the shadows.
  10. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.
  11. Between not seeing and not hearing without any doubt it is much worse not hearing because not seeing cuts you off from objects, but not hearing cuts you off from people and that makes you an object.
  12. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be accomplished without hope.
  13. When I learned the meaning of “I” and “my” I found out that I was “something” and I began to think.
  14. The most important question is not the type of environment we have, but the type of thoughts that we elaborate every day, the type of ideals that we follow; in a word, the kind of people we really are.
  15. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle happens in our life or that of others.
  16. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find great joy in overcoming obstacles.
  17. The subtlety of our vision does not depend on how much we are able to see, but how much we are able to feel.
  18. What great invention has not existed in the inventor’s mind for a long time before being put into tangible form?
  19. What once enjoyed, you never lose; everything we deeply enjoy becomes part of ourselves.
  20. I am just one person. But I am still a person. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. I am not going to refuse to do the “something” that I can do.

Daniel Colombo
Facilitator and International Master Coach specialized in CEO, senior management and professionals; international lecturer; motivating; author of 28 books and professional communicator.

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