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HELEN KELLER

I am filled with the wonder of her knowledge, acquired because shut out from all distractions. If I could have been deaf, dumb, and blind I also might have arrived at something.
- Mark Twain's Speeches

Blindness is an exciting business, I tell you; if you don't believe it get up some dark night on the wrong side of your bed when the house is on fire and try to find the door.
- quoted by Helen Keller, Midstream

Twain and Helen Keller

Mark Twain with Helen Keller

Helen Keller has been dumb, stone deaf, and stone blind, ever since she was a little baby a year-and-a-half old; and now at sixteen years of age this miraculous creature, this wonder of all the ages, passes the Harvard University examination in Latin, German, French history, belles lettres, and such things, and does it brilliantly, too, not in a commonplace fashion. She doesn't know merely things, she is splendidly familiar with the meanings of them. When she writes an essay on a Shakespearean character, her English is fine and strong, her grasp of the subject is the grasp of one who knows, and her page is electric with light. Has Miss Sullivan taught her by the methods of India and the American public school? No, oh, no; for then she would be deafter and dumber and blinder than she was before. It is a pity that we can't educate all the children in the asylums.
- Following the Equator

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Ad from the New York Sun, April 10, 1903, p. 9.

The two most interesting characters of the nineteenth century are Helen Keller and Napoleon Bonaparte.
- New York Sun, April 10, 1903

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