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226 Inspiring Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

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Wikipedia Summary for Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

Roosevelt was a member of the prominent American Roosevelt and Livingston families and a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt. She had an unhappy childhood, having suffered the deaths of both parents and one of her brothers at a young age. At 15, she attended Allenswood Boarding Academy in London and was deeply influenced by its headmistress Marie Souvestre. Returning to the U.S., she married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905. The Roosevelts' marriage was complicated from the beginning by Franklin's controlling mother, Sara, and after Eleanor discovered her husband's affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, she resolved to seek fulfillment in leading a public life of her own. She persuaded Franklin to stay in politics after he was stricken with a paralytic illness in 1921, which cost him the normal use of his legs, and began giving speeches and appearing at campaign events in his place. Following Franklin's election as Governor of New York in 1928, and throughout the remainder of Franklin's public career in government, Roosevelt regularly made public appearances on his behalf; and as First Lady, while her husband served as president, she significantly reshaped and redefined the role of First Lady.

Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights for African-Americans. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband's policies. She launched an experimental community at Arthurdale, West Virginia, for the families of unemployed miners, later widely regarded as a failure. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. Following her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt remained active in politics for the remaining 17 years of her life. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became its first delegate. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Later, she chaired the John F. Kennedy administration's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. By the time of her death, Roosevelt was regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world"; The New York Times called her "the object of almost universal respect" in an obituary.

In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.

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This is a time for action -- not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Any citizen should be willing to give all that he has to give his country in work or sacrifice in times of crisis.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can't be done.'.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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When you look fear in the face, you are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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As with all children, the feeling that I was useful was perhaps the greatest joy I experienced.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I do not think that I am a natural born mother... If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Character building begins in infancy and continues until death.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.

--Eleanor Roosevelt



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At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want... for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Each time you learn something new you must readjust the whole framework of your knowledge.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.


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Life has got to be lived -- that's all there is to it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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No relationship in this world ever remains warm and close unless good effort is made on both sides to keep it so.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Furnish an example, stop preaching, stop shielding, don't prevent self-reliance and initiative, allow your children to develop along their own lines.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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There is a widespread understanding among the people of this nation, and probably among the people of the world, that there is no safety except through the prevention of war.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Those who attack always do so with greater fervor than those who defend.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.

--Eleanor Roosevelt




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Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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There are three fundamentals for human happiness -- love and faith, and work which will produce at least a minimum of material security. These things must be made possible for all human beings, men and women alike.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Be flexible, but stick to your principles.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on Earth.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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There is not a human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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When it's better for everyone, it's better for everyone.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right -- for you'll be criticized anyway.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.


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Beautiful old people are works of art.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.


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I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The greatest gift you can give a child is an imagination.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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The only joy in this hard life is serving others.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in their leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.


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The mobilization of world opinion and methods of negotiation should be developed and used by every nation in order to strengthen the United Nations.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You never know anyone until you marry them.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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In the long run there is no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely and then act boldly.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way.


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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world ... Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.




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I often wonder how we can make the more fortunate in this country fully aware of the fact that the problem of the unemployed is not a mechanical one. It is a problem alive and throbbing with human pain.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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A society in which there is widespread economic insecurity can turn freedom into a barren and vapid right for millions of people.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The word communist, of course, has become a rallying cry for certain people here just as the word Jew was in Hitler's Germany, a way of arousing emotion without engendering thought.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Perhaps the basic thing which contributes to charm is the ability to forget oneself and be engrossed in other people.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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To be mature you have to realize what you value most... Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one's own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You do the things that need to be done according to priority.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they do not throw the worker out of his job.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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It is a curious thing in human experience, but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person, creates a bond which nothing seems able to break.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without being related to you and repeatedly questioning why you're in nonprofit.

--Eleanor Roosevelt




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Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The leisure class is one in which individuals have sufficient economic security and sufficient leisure to find opportunity for a variety of satisfactions in life.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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We need not fear any isms if our democracy is achieving the ends for which it was established.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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To tell the people in the West not to use their cars means that these people may never see another soul for weeks and weeks nor have a way of getting a sick person to a doctor.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: "No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Poor minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

--Eleanor Roosevelt



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Actors are one family over the entire world.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don't make up their minds, someone will do it for them.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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When you build a memorial, you build it not because the person wanted it, but for the future -- for generations who didn't know the man and didn't know the era in which he lived.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.'.


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In business courtesy and efficiency have a symbiotic relationship.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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We must do that which we think we cannot.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot.


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There is nothing to regret, either for those who go, or for those who stay behind -- only an inheritance of good accomplishment to be lived up to by those who carry a loving memory in their hearts.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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It is curious how much more interest can be evoked by a mixture of gossip, romance and mystery than by facts.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. Love thy neighbor as thyself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Christ, some of the other great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it. What is the trouble between capital and labor, what is the trouble in many of our communities, but rather a universal forgetting that this teaching is one of our first obligations.



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If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.

--Eleanor Roosevelt



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Poverty is an expensive luxury. We cannot afford it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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No matter how avid they themselves may be for praise and appreciation, people are often niggardly in giving it to others, however merited it is.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Anger is only one letter short of danger.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The basis of all good human behavior is kindness.

--Eleanor Roosevelt




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I know that given great responsibility men sometimes change, but Mr. Nixon's Presidency would worry me.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Criticism ... makes very little dent upon me, unless I think there is some real justification and something should be done.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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None of us can afford to stop learning or to check our curiosity about new things, or to lose our humility in the face of new situations.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Each generation supposes that the world was simpler for the one before it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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No writing has any real value which is not the expression of genuine thought and feeling.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Once your children are grown up and have children of their own, the problems are theirs and the less the older generation interferes the better.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You future first ladies will feel that you are no longer clothing yourself, you are dressing a public monument.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one's world.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Do not be afraid of mistakes, provided you do not make the same one twice.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I do not think I will ever become deadened, because I live in other people's lives, I must admit there are times when it weighs me down because I can't do some of the things I want.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Life was meant to be lived.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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There is in every country an antipathy to the foreigner.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I think it is impossible for one human being really to know another without first knowing and being at peace with himself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I found that almost everyone had something interesting to contribute to my education.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Happiness is not a goal -- it's a by-product of a life well lived.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.




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It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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If you have any interests you can gain a wider audience for those interests while the goldfish bowl is yours!

--Eleanor Roosevelt



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Curiosity must be kept alive.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Practically nothing we do ever stands by itself. If it is good, it will serve some good purpose in the future. If it is evil, it may haunt us and handicap our efforts in unimagined ways.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Talking too much is a far greater social fault than talking too little.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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To undo a mistake is always harder than not to create one originally but we seldom have the foresight. Therefore we have no choice but to try to correct our past mistakes.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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If we do not pay for children in good schools, then we are going to pay for them in prisons and mental hospitals.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You must do the things you think you cannot do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.


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The most important word in the English language is hope.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me ‘understand' something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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If it's a man's game so decidedly that a woman would be soiled by entering it, then there is something radically wrong with the American game of politics.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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A respect for the rights of other peoples to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Sailors have the cleanest bodies and the filthiest minds.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The hard part of loving is that one has to learn so often to let go of those we love, so they can do things, so they can grow, so they can return to us with an even richer, deeper love.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?

--Eleanor Roosevelt



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I could never say in the morning, "I have a headache and cannot do thus and so." Headache or no headache, thus and so had to be done.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I learned then that practically no one in the world is entirely bad or entirely good, and that motives are often more important than actions.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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If you want a world ruled by law and not by force you must build up, from the very grassroots, a respect for law.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The giving of love is an education in itself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I have often felt that I cheated my children a little. I was never so totally theirs as most mothers are. I gave to audiences what belonged to my children, got back from audiences the love my children longed to give me.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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One thing is for sure -- none of the arts flourishes on censorship and repression. And by this time it should be evident that the American public is capable of doing its own censoring.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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No one can insult you without your permission.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Understanding is a two-way street.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

--Eleanor Roosevelt



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Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind, that is the approval by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789 of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the U.S., and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries.



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Courage is exhilarating.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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I have a great objection to seeing anyone, particularly anyone whom I care about, lose his self-control.

--Eleanor Roosevelt




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It is impossible to be a cynic if you live a good deal with young people. Fundamentally, every young person has a feeling that the future is going to hold something of value.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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To some of us, hunger was more academic than real, but we must try to develop the ability to feel the urgency of such a situation.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours -- and I think probably gave me many nightmares.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Your ambition should be to get as much life out of living as you possibly can, as much enjoyment, as much interest, as much experience, as much understanding. Not simply be what is generally called a ‘success.'

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Every woman wants to be first to someone sometime in her life and that desire is the explanation for many strange things women do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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Too many of us stay walled in because we are afraid of being hurt. We are afraid to care too much; for fear that the other person does not care as much or not at all.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


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Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

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A woman is like a tea bag -- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt


green forest during daytime

What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?

--Eleanor Roosevelt

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Do one thing everyday that scares you. Those small things that make us uncomfortable help us build courage to do the work we do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

sunset

To leave the world richer--that is the ultimate success.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

mountains with trees under white star at night

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

brown brick wall photography

Mr. Richard M. Nixon never has anything but hindsight.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

We wish you a perfect day!