Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.
Optimism - An Essay by Helen Kellerby Helen Keller
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Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) was an American author, political activist, lecturer and deaf and blind. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a prolific author, well-traveled, and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's sufferage, worker's rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.
Chapters include "Optimism Within", Optimism Without", and "The Practice of Optimism".
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Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession. Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they would be! Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they would be miserable. If happiness is to be so measured, I, who cannot hear or see have every reason to sit in a corner with folded hands and weep. If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimont to the creed of optimism is worth hearing. As sinners stand up in a meeting and testify to the goodness of God, so one who is called afflicted, may rise up in gladness of conviction and testify to the
goodness of life."
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