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Happy Birthday, Helen Keller!

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To honor Helen Keller on the anniversary of her birthday, we share these moments from her life.

On this day in 1880, Helen Keller was born.  While she was born healthy, an illness in 1882 rendered her blind and deaf.  Ms. Keller famously learned to communicate through the tireless efforts and support of her teacher Anne Sullivan.  Not only did she go on to attend college, Radcliffe no less, she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree!  Throughout her lifetime, Keller’s determination and drive inspired countless others, and many consider her their role model.

Ms. Keller wrote her autobiography, “The Story of My Life” and it was adapted as both a feature film and a stage production as “The Miracle Worker.”  Of note, the film won two Academy Awards, Best Actress for Anne Bancroft who portrayed Ms. Sullivan, and Best Supporting Actress for Patty Duke who starred as Helen Keller in the 1962 film.

In honor of Keller’s birthday, here are some of her most famous and inspiring quotes.

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

“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.”

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”

“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.”

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.”

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate Helen Keller’s birthday. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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