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Helen Keller
1880 - 1968

Blind teacher, lecturer, Braille advocate, author of The Story of My Life and others


Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.

1940 - from Let Us Have Faith
No loss by flood and lightning, no destruction of cities and temples by hostile forces of nature, has deprived man of so many noble lives and impulses as those which his intolerance has destroyed.

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

1938 - from Helen Keller's Journal