"The highest result of education is tolerance."
—My Key of Life (originally published as "Optimism"), 1926
"Education should train the child to use his brains, to make for himself a place in the world and maintain his rights even when it seems that society would shove him into the scrap-heap."
—"Going Back to School: The True Meaning of the Value of Education," The Home Magazine, September 1934
"I cannot but say a word and look my disapproval when I hear that my country is spending millions for war and war engines—more, I have heard, than twice as much as the entire public school system costs the nation."
—"My Future as I See It," Metropolitan Magazine, 1904
"What do I consider a teacher should be? One who breathes life into knowledge so that it takes new form in progress and civilization."
—Speech to the National Education Association, 1938
"True teaching cannot be learned from text-books any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery."
—Letter from Helen Keller to Kathern Gruber, November 1, 1955