Helen Keller Day is marked annually on June 27 to celebrate the life and achievements of the famous author, who overcame blindness and deafness.
Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At 19 months of age, she suffered from a form of bacterial meningitis, which left her unable to see, hear or speak. The family sought the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, a famous scientist and inventor, who advised them to apply to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston.
In 1887, Keller was taught by Anne Sullivan, a young teacher who had suffered vision impairment herself. Sullivan went on to become a close friend and lifelong companion of Keller.
In 1903, Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of my Life” was published.
On June 1, 1968, Keller died in Easton, Connecticut, at age 87.
Here are some quotes, courtesy Brainy Quotes, to honor Keller on this day:
1. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
2. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
3. “Security is mostly a superstition. It 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. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
4. “Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.”
5. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”
6. “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”
7. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
8. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
9. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
10. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”