Helen Keller

A Philosophy of Optimism

In all things I choose to see the good and trust that it will prevail

“Only by contact with evil could I have learned to feel by contrast the beauty of truth and love and goodness…It lets us into the soul of things and teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to coöperate with the good, that it may prevail.”

I trust the indefinable force pervading the universe and keeps life afoot

“I trust, and nothing that happens disturbs my trust. I recognize the beneficence of the power which we all worship as supreme—Order, Fate, the Great Spirit, Nature, God. I recognize this power in the sun that makes all things grow and keeps life afoot. I make a friend of this indefinable force, and straightway I feel glad, brave and ready for any lot Heaven may decree for me. This is my religion of optimism.”

I let optimism light my way

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope

Keller, H. (1903). Optimism: An Essay.

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