Helen Keller: The Other Senses



I had never seen this photograph of Helen Keller until today. It tells her story so well.

Peace, joy, contentment.

“The atmosphere is charged with countless odors.”

“Those that can see ‘see’ little.”

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”

And these sweet words from Helen that gave me something to think about as a writer:

“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.”

~ Helen Keller

Take time to sense deeply the beauty in the world around you.

Photo via America’s Library, “Helen Keller No. 8” 1904. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

Quotes 3 and 4 from BraineyQuote.com

Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. Beautiful post, Darla.
    My favorite Helen Keller quote is about death being a passing from one room to another…but in the second room she’ll be able to see. I can’t imagine having a lively, active little daughter who is suddenly struck down with an illness that leaves her deaf and blind. Such a story of resilience and the special student/teacher bond between Helen and Anne Sullivan.


    • Yes, I love that quote, too. There is hope. I remember when I first saw THE MIRACLE WORKER, with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft. The ending is precious. Time to see that one again.


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