“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
“When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
“It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.
“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
“Toleration is the greatest gift of mind, it requires that same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
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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