Helen Keller: 10 quotes on her birthday

Helen Keller was born on July 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Though deaf and blind, she overcame these impairments with the help of Anne Sullivan, who taught her to communicate through tactile sign language. This childhood breakthrough was only the beginning for Keller, who went on to write 12 books and several articles on a wide variety of subjects. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, and was admired by the likes of Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Charlie Chaplin. Keller was also politically active, campaigning for women's suffrage, labor rights, and other causes. Here are 10 quotes from this extraordinary historical figure.

From the CriticalPast collection: auto magnate Henry Ford speaking to Helen Keller. Ms. Keller, deaf and blind, uses touch to interpret his words.

1. Aiming high

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." 

– From an address to the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf in Philadelphia (July 8, 1896)

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