Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Alabama. She famously overcame being both blind and deaf with the assistance of the amazing Annie Sullivan, her teacher. She was named one of the "20th Century's Most Widely-Admired People" and her story of overcoming obstacles is inspiring, particularly in this day and age when heroes can be hard to come by.
While her achievements are ones from which we can all learn, it seems like tweens in particular can benefit from her wisdom and insight. In honor of her birthday today, here are some of my favorite Helen Keller quotes.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." - from The Open Door
“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.”
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
"Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
“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.”
“Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.”
Which quote is your favorite? Have your tween check them out and ask if one in particular resonates with him/her.
If a tween thinks his/her life is hard, that tune may change after learning about how Helen Keller progressed for near total isolation to reading hand signs to learning to speak to becoming the first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree when she graduated cum laude from Radcliffe in 1904. Keller authored 13 books. Check out her book The Story of My Life at the local library or find other biographies about Helen Keller at A Mighty Girl's website. Also consider watching the movie (or see if you can find a production of the play) The Miracle Worker with your tween(s).
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