Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At nineteen months, she suffered from a mysterious illness, perhaps scarlet fever, that left her deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. When Helen was five, Anne Sullivan was engaged as her teacher. Their relationship and the legendary strides made as a result of it, particularly Helen’s acquisition of language, are the subject of The Story of My Life. A devoted member of the Socialist Party and a tireless advocate for the blind, Helen spent her adult life fundraising and lecturing all over the world. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
I am only one; but still I am one. I may not be able to do everything, but still I can do something.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.
I do not want the peace which passeth all understanding, I want the understanding that bringeth peace.
Life is a daring adventure or nothing.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.