Anne Sullivan


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  • ''I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.''
    Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. Letter, May 8, 1887. published in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1903). Sullivan was Helen Keller's tutor 1887-1894.
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  • ''I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.''
    Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of deaf and blind. Letter, March 11, 1887. published in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1903). Her student Helen Keller, Sullivan wrote, had "tyrannized over everybody ... like all tyrants she holds tenaciously to her divine right to do as she pleases."
  • ''People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.''
    Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. letter, Oct. 30, 1887. Quoted in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903). Of teaching Helen Keller.
  • ''Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.''
    Anne Sullivan, U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 16 (1992).

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