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Helen Keller

A woman with full dark hair and wearing a long dark dress, her face in partial profile, sits in a simple wooden chair. A locket hangs from a slender chain around her neck; in her hands is a magnolia, its large white flower surrounded by dark leaves.
Helen Keller holding a magnolia, ca. 1920

Born

Helen Adams KellerJune 27, 1880 Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.

Died

June 1, 1968 Arcan Ridge Easton, Connecticut, U.S.

Resting place

Washington National CathedralWashington, D.C.

Occupation

Author, political activist, lecturer

Education

Harvard University

Notable works

The Story of My Life

Signature

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage, The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day". Her June 27 birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania and, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from Jimmy Carter.

A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.

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One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. - Helen Keller

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

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Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas. - Helen Keller

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. - Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.

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I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. - Helen Keller

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

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The highest result of education is tolerance. - Helen Keller

The highest result of education is tolerance.

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I am a child of God, an inheritor of a fragment of the mind that created all worlds. - Helen Keller

I am a child of God, an inheritor of a fragment of the mind that created all worlds.

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I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God. - Helen Keller

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.

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We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. - Helen Keller

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

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I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light. - Helen Keller

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light.

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The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next. - Helen Keller

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.

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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

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

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Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. - Helen Keller

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

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

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

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

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When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. - Helen Keller

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

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