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Optimism (1903)

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Who better than Helen Keller to write about optimism? Helen Keller became blind when she was nineteen months old. At the time children who were deaf and blind were simply given up on. But Helen's mother read that a deaf blind person had been educated and decided to explore that possibility for her daughter. As a result of this Helen Keller was the first deaf blind person t ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published July 13th 2006 by Book Jungle (first published 1903)
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Yusra
I really enjoyed this read. Just knowing her story made it that much more inspiring. I would have given it five stars, but the eurocentrisim/racism just left a bad taste in my mouth. Its extremely hard to get over similar passages by writers from the same era, even though I know that it was written during a certain time with different ideologies and morals. There is only so much of it we can take.
Rick Wilcox
This should be required reading for, well, everyone. Beyond the unspeakable miracle that was Helen Keller, the ringing voice of hope in these pages is a clarion to the cynicism that now blankets the 21st century. She writes -

“I know what evil is. Once or twice I have wrestled with it, and for a time felt its chilling touch on my life; so I speak with knowledge when I say that evil is of no consequence, except as a sort of mental gymnastic. For the very reason that I have come in contact with it,
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Kathy Vincenz
What a wonderful focus on why we should be optimist about the world from a woman who had every reason to be a pessimist. We need to learn something from her. We focus too much on the negative. It is also short, which is always a good thing :)
Cindy
Very short, but very powerful. A "must read" in this day & age.
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Helen Keller would not be bound by conditions. Rendered deaf and blind at 19 months by scarlet fever, she learned to read (in several languages) and even speak, eventually graduating with honors from Radcliffe College in 1904, where as a student she wrote The Story of My Life. That she accomplished all of this in an age when few women attended college and the disabled were often relegated to the b ...more
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“Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things... But a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.” 5 likes
“Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free.” 1 likes
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