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Helen Keller

Helen Keller Quotes

Helen Keller

Helen Keller Quotes

Activist and author Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing as a child and yet persevere to become a university graduate, activist and author.

  • Full name:  Helen Keller
  • Born: June 27, 1880. Died: June 1, 1968
  • American author, political activist, and lecturer.
  • First deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
  • Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.
  • On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the United States' two highest civilian honors.
  • In 1965 she was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame at the New York World's Fair.
  • Keller was born and raised in Arkansas and is an alumnus of Georgetown University.
  • Keller suffered a series of strokes in 1961. She spent the last few years of her life at her home
  • Her autobiography is called The Story of My Life

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Random Quote From Helen Keller

“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.”

— Helen Keller

“Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.”

— Helen Keller

“It is not blindness or deafness that bring me my darkest hours. It is the acute disappointment in not being able to speak normally. Longingly I feel how much more good I might have done, if I had only acquired natural speech. But out of this sorrowful experience I understand more fully all human striving, vaunted ambitions, and the infinite capacity of hope.”

— Helen Keller

“The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.”

— Helen Keller

“Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought.”

— Helen Keller

“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.”

— Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

— Helen Keller

“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.”

— Helen Keller

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

— Helen Keller