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Quotes of the Day for 27 June 2003 – Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller was born at Tuscumbia, Alabama on this day in 1880. She was a bright and attractive child until she fell sick at 19 months with "brain fever," now believed to have been meningitis. For days she was expected to die, but after recovering she had lost all vision and hearing. Over the next few years her temper made her almost impossible to live with. With the full-time help of Anne Sullivan, Helen learned to communicate several different ways, and as her world opened up again her manners improved. By age eight she was a celebrity, when she graduated from Radcliffe in 1904 she was the first deaf and blind person to acquire a bachelors degree. She spent the rest of her life raising funds and consciousness for the improvement of the blind.

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The quotes:

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

One can never consent to creep when one has the impulse to soar.

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
     - All by Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968

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