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Helen Keller Biography – “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”

Helen Keller, despite being deaf-blind, was a world famous writer and speaker, who advocated the physically challenged and women’s rights. Her advocacies on pacifism, socialism and suffragism, gained her friendships with many famous figures, and her efforts to welfare the blind inspired the visually impaired around the world.


Helen Keller Biography

Helen Adams Keller was born as a healthy child on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, a rural town in Northwest Alabama, to Arthur Keller, a captain of Confederate Army, and Katherine Adams Keller. She could see and hear till she was 19 months old and had already started talking a few words when misfortune struck her in the form of deafness and blindness caused supposedly by meningitis or brain fever.Helen Keller biography is incomplete without the mention of Anne Sullivan’s name. Anne was an instructor, a governess and above all, a companion to Keller, which resulted in a 49 year old relationship. Anne had a vital role in shaping up Helen’s character and contributing to the success of the latter’s efforts in life.

Helen Keller Quotes - Sayings of Motivation

Helen Keller quotes have been truly inspiring too. The famous quotes indicate that even though she was a person of disabilities, she never worried about her limitations. They also explain her sapience on the insights of life. Though all Helen Keller quotes are worth mentioning, those like “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” and “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world” are true examples of the deep wisdom she possessed, despite her inadequacies.

Hellen Keller Life Story - Enlightening

To decimate Helen’s temper tantrums, Helen and Anne shifted to a small cottage near her house. Anne’s lessons started with spelling words into Helen’s hands, and Helen feeling the vibration of words spoken by Anne. Following a miraculous incident that happened a month later, Keller started showing positive responses. While both were seated near a water pump, Anne started pumping water into one of Helen’s hands, while writing the word “w-a-t-e-r” into the other, thus letting Helen realize that objects had names. Helen fastidiously learned with a few repeated tries and by night, learned to speak 30 names.By age 10, Helen mastered Braille, manual alphabet and learned to use the typewriter. When Helen was 16, she entered preparatory school, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1904, becoming the first blind deaf person to achieve Bachelor degree in Arts. All through these years, Anne stayed with Helen to interpret her college lectures and discussions. Helen spent her life working for American Foundation for the Blind, lecturing in over 25 countries to enliven the spirits of the visually impaired. Helen had a new companion and secretary, who traveled with her throughout in the absence of Anne and stayed with her till the latter died.Helen Keller died in sleep, on June 1, 1968. She has 12 published books and several articles, and several posthumous honors to her credit. She also had several medals and doctorate degrees conferred upon her. Her book “The Story of my Life” is the famous of all and is published in more than 50 languages. Hellen Keller life story has been interpreted many a times through dramas and movies.Photo source: United States Library of Congress

Written by René Seifert

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