“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
“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 something I can do.
“I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family fued.
“Toleration is the greatest gift of mind, it requires that same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
“As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.
“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.
“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the sense shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
United States lecturer and writer who was blind and deaf from the age of 19 months; Anne Sullivan taught her to read and write and speak; Helen Keller graduated from college and went on to champion the cause of blind and deaf people (1880-1968)
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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