Helen Keller American Author, Lecturer Political Activist

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Helen Keller American Author - Helen Adams Keller was a Political activist, American Author and Lecturer. Helen Keller was born on 27 June 1880 as a healthy child in Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States. Keller’s parents were Kate Adams Keller and Colonel Arthur Keller. Helen Keller became deaf and blind due to the Scarlet fever at the age of 19 months. She died on 1 June 1968 at Easton, Connecticut, United States.

Early Life and Education Life of Helen Keller:

Helen Keller was the first of two daughters and she had two elder brothers. Helen’s father served as an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Saddened by the loss of her sight and hearing abilities due to illness at the age of nineteen months, her parents applied to the Perkins Institute for the blind in Boston, on the advice of Alexander Graham Bell. The School hired Anne Mansfield Sullivan as a teacher for Helen. Sullivan began to teach the little girl Helen with finger spelling. Keller learned to write and read in Braille system and she also learned to understand and communicate with the world around her.  From 1894 to 1896 Keller studied schools for the Deaf in New York City.

In 1904 Helen Keller graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College and she had learned several methods of communication like speech, typing, finger spelling, Braille and touch-lip reading. She wrote her first book The Story of My Life and she wrote countless articles for national magazines on the prevention of blindness, special problems of the blind. Helen also published many books of her personal experiences as well as a volume on religion, a biography of Anne Sullivan and on Contemporary social problems.

Famous Books are, The Story of my life, The world I live In and Optimism: A collection of Essays (Dover books on Literature and Drama), Light in my darkness, Optimism, The world I live In (New York review books classics), Light in my darkness (my religion)

Social Activism:

Helen Keller spoke and wrote in support of women rights, birth control and pacifism. Keller helped found the American Civil Liberties union in 1920. In 1924, she became a member in the American Federation for the blind and participated in many campaigns to raise awareness, money and support for the blind. She also joined other organizations dedicated to helping those less fortunate, including the Permanent Blind War Relief Fund. In 1918 Keller made a movie in Hollywood, to dramatize the plight of the blind. The film won an award in 1962.

Helen Keller Death and Legacy:

In 1961, Keller suffered a series of strokes and she spent her home in Connecticut. Keller died on June 1, 1968 in her sleep, just a few weeks before her 88th birthday. Keller received many honors:

  • In 1936, she received Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal.
  • In 1964, Helen received the presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Keller also received honorary doctoral degrees from Temple University, Harvard University and from the Universities of Berlin, Germany; Delhi, India; Glasgow, Scotland; and Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Helen Keller was named an Honorary Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland.

Keller is the most inspiring person all over the world. She stood a powerful example to prove how hard work, determination and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity.

Helen Keller Most Inspirational Quotes:

  • Never Give Up, before Giving Your Best in All What You Face.”
  • “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”
  • “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
  • “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
  • “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
  • “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
  • Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
  • “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”
  • “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”
  • “My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.”
  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
  • “What a blind person needs is not a teacher but another self.”
  • “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.”
  • “Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.”
  • “Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others”
  • “My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”
  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.”
  • “Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.”
  • “As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”
  • “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
  • God himself is not secure, having given man dominion over his work.”
  • “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”

  • “Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others”
  • “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
  • “The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
  • “We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all — the apathy of human beings.”
  • “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
  • “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
  • Helen Keller

  • “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
  • “The best way out is always through.”
  • “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.”
  • “I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”
  • “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”
  • “The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”
  • “Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
  • “College isn’t the place to go for ideas.”
  • “There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.”
  • “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
  • “No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”
  • “It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.”
  • “Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.”
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