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Annie Sullivan

  • It is a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.

    • Annie Sullivan,
    • in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life ()
  • ... people seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.

    • Annie Sullivan,
    • in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life ()
  • Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. They will educate themselves under right conditions.

    • Annie Sullivan,
    • in Van Wyck Brooks, Helen Keller ()
  • 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.

    • Annie Sullivan,
    • in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life ()
  • It’s queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!

    • Annie Sullivan,
    • in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life ()

Annie Sullivan, U.S. teacher of Helen Keller

(1866 - 1936)

Full name: Johanna Mansfield Sullivan Macy.