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Essays by Helen Keller

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Part i. Optimism within

“My HAPPINESS is so deep that it is a FAITH, so thoughtful that it becomes a PHILOSOPHY of life.”

“To live, to think, to hope”

“although the world is full ofsuffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”

“I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and every one, and make that Best a part of my life.”

“I am never discouraged by absence of good.”

“though the ways in which I can make mysefl useful are few, yet the work open to me is endless”.

“Darwin could work only half an hour at a time; yet in many diligent half-hour he laid anew the foundations of philosophy”

“I trust, and nothing that happens disturbs my trust”.

“Nature, God. I recognize this power in the sun that makes all things grow and keeps life afoot”.
Blueroselady: We are grateful for the sun, without the sun, plants will not be able to photosynthesize and grow. Animals and plants that we eat need the sun, we need the sun.

Part ii. Optimism without

“All the world’s great philosophers have been lovers of God and believers in man’s inner goodness.”
“The highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists”

“the right of all men to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
“the right to an education”

“His supreme lesson is to grapple with great public questions, to keep his mind hospitable to new ideas and new views of truth, to restore the finer idears that are lost sight of in the struggle for wealth and to promote justice between man and man.”

grapple = Engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle.

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

Part iii. The practice of optimism

“since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation”.

“We have seen that the world’s philosophers’ the Sayers of the Word’ were optimists; so also are the men of action and achievement’ the Doers of the Word.”

“the optimist believes, attempts, achieves”

“he who would be heard must be a believer, must have a fundamental optimism in his philosophy”

“because there is imperfection, there must be perfection” Browning

“The man of letters whose voice is to prevail must be an optimist and his voice often learns its message from his life”

“In India it is a sin to teach the blind and the deaf because their affliction is regarded as a punishment for ffences in a previous state of existence”.
Blueroselady: I hope the condition is much better now than the time when Helen Keller wrote the essay.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievment; nothing can be done without hope”

“It is because Christ is an optimist that for ages he has dominated the Western world. For nineteen centuries Christendom has gazed into his shining face and felt that all things work together for good”

“Christmas Day is the festival of optimism”
Blueroselady: instead of merely giving gifts during Christmas, why dont we give optimism during Christmas?

“No man has any right to complain of a universe which God made good, and which thousands of men have striven to keep good”

“Optimism is the harmony betwen man’s spirit and the spirit of God pronouncing His works good”

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July 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

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Asia Challenge 2020 Essay Prize

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What is the most important challenge facing Asia over the next decade? Why? What should be done about it?

The best answer in 3000 words or less will win a prize of S$2,500. Two runners up S$1,000 each. These 3 prize winners will be invited to Singapore for an expenses-paid awards ceremony. The winning articles will be posted on

Eligibility: Asian national. max 32 years by Dec 31, 2010.
Deadline: Aug 31, 2010.
More info, see

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July 6, 2010 at 12:47 am

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