Literary Birthday – 27 June – Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born 27 June 1880, and died 1 June 1968.

Nine Quotes

  1. Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
  2. It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
  3. All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
  4. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
  5. The highest result of education is tolerance.
  6. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
  7. It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.
  8. 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.
  9. The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She wrote 12 books including her autobiography, The Story of My Life.

Source for image: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th June 2013