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. (source: Wikepedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller )
Some of her inspirational words are below:
"Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."
"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."
"Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart."
"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. "
"The highest result of education is tolerance. "
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."