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vivian001 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted July 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM via web

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What does the quote, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow"- by Helen Keller mean?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM (Answer #1)

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What this quote this means is that people should be optimistic.  The idea of keeping your face to the sunshine is that you should always look on the bright side of life.  If you do so, Keller is saying, you will not see the "shadows."  That means that you will not see the potential bad things that could happen to you.

If you do this, you will be a happier person.  You will not always be worrying about the potential bad things in life (the "shadows").  Because of this, you will be free to enjoy the good things that happen to you.

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uclachilles | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM (Answer #2)

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This quote very optimistic and has history with the Women's Suffrage movement. It has been attributed to Helen Keller several times, but the American Federation for the Blind has never found it in Keller's publications. It was originally the motto of Edward Gardner Lewis, publisher, entrepreneur, and founder of the American Woman's League and mayor of University City, Missouri (1906-1913). The first evidence is a photograph from May 10, 1910 signed with the motto.

http://history.ucpl.lib.mo.us/detail.asp?FileID=b010p5139

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