12 Beautiful Quotes of Hope and Inspiration from Helen Keller
June 27, 1880: On this day, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a happy and confident baby, precociously starting to talk at 6 months.
"Then, in the dreary month of February," Keller wrote in her autobiography, The Story of My Life, "came the illness which closed my eyes and ears and plunged me into the unconsciousness of a newborn." Her family doctor called it "brain fever." (Modern experts believe the illness was likely scarlet fever or meningitis.) The fever finally passed, but when it did, she was left, at 18 months old, permanently deaf and blind.
In the face of such adversity, Keller persevered, earning a bachelor of arts degree at the age of 24—the first deaf-blind person ever to do so—and going on to become an author, lecturer, and political activist. Read on for words of wisdom and encouragement from one of the most inspiring women in history.
1."I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly."
2. "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
3. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
4. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
5. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
6."Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
7. "Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."
8. "Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."
9. "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
10. "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."
11. "Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."
12. "Literature is my Utopia."
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