The World I Live In

By Helen Keller, Roger Shattuck

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Out of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller's most personal and intellectually adventurous work—one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements. Here this preternaturally gifted deaf and blind young woman closely describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the pro-vocative argument that the wh Out of print for nearly a century, The World...

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January 31st 2004 by NYRB Classics

(first published 1904)

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Quotes From "The World I Live In"

"The infinite wonders of the universe are revealed to us in exact measure as we are capable of receiving them. The keenness of our vision depends not on how much we can see, but on how much we feel."
"The only lightless dark is the night of ignorance and insensibility. We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond our senses."
"The mind is as big as the universe."
"The bulk of the world's knowledge is an imaginary construction. History is but a mode of imagining, of making us see civilizations that no longer appear upon the earth. Some of the most significant discoveries in modern science owe their origin to the imagination of men who had neither accurate knowledge nor exact instruments to demonstrate their beliefs. If astronomy had not kept always in advance of the telescope, no one would ever have thought a telescope worth making. What great invention has not existed in the inventor's mind long before he gave it tangible shape?"
"وأكثر مايثير الحنق والغيظ أن تبدو ذاكرتك وقد نما لها جناحان لتطير بهما بعيدا فى ذات اللحظة التى تكون فيها فى أشد الحاجة اليها , فالحقائق التى تتعلمها وتستذكرها بالجهد والجهيد غالبا ماتقترف فى حقك جريمة الخيانة حينما تهرب منك فى الوقت الذى تكون فى حاجة ماسة اليها
فقد تجد نفسك فى امتحان أمام السؤال التالى : اكتب مقالا مختصرا عن هس وانجازاتة .باللعجب من (هس ) هذا ؟ وماهى انجازاتة ؟"

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