I was first inspired by the story of Helen Keller from the 1962 movie “The Miracle Worker” starring a young Patti Duke as Helen and Anne Bancroft as Helen’s teacher, Annie Sullivan. This quote by Keller reminds us that our hardships are more than misfortunes to be lamented, and instead provide the raw material needed sculpt a strong and beautiful life, where our more noble aspirations are made real through our day-to-day actions.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

– Helen Keller (1980-1968)

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