Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist. She held the position of first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, spanning her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, establishing her as the longest-serving first lady in U.S. history. Wikipedia

“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

“Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Somehow we must be able to show people that democracy is not about words, but action.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have a great belief in spiritual force, but I think we have to realize that spiritual force alone has to have material force with it so long as we live in a material world. The two together make a strong combination.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Develop a skin as thick as a rhinoceros hide!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Everyone has the right to work, to free choice, to employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protectior against unemployment.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“We face the future fortified with the lessons we have learned from the past. It is today that we must create the world of the future.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If everything was in your favor, if you did not have to surmount any great mountains, then you have nothing to be proud of. But if you feel that you have special difficulties, then you must indeed be proud of your achievement.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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 whatbelonged to my children, got back from audiences the love my children longed to give me.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“One of the first things we must get rid of is the idea that democracy is tantamount to capitalism.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Get out of the way as quickly as you’re not needed.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Most women, I think, though they may complain a little about this, would agree that meeting the needs of others is not a real burden; it is what makes life worth living. It is probably the deepest satisfaction a woman has.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life has got to be lived – that’s all there is to it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“I never waste time looking back.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The mind must be trained, rather than the memory.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“I found that almost everyone had something interesting to contribute to my education.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life afterall is to live it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Beautiful old people are works of art.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Each generation supposes that the world was simpler for the one before it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is nothing to regret – either for those who go or for those who are left behind.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“One should always sleep in all of one’s guest beds, to make sure that they are comfortable.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have never felt that anything really mattered but knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“What you don’t do can be a destructive force.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Some friends leave footprints in your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing. It’s about doing, being and becoming. It’s about t Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The constant pressure to bring about conformity is a dangerous thing.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Staying aloof is not a solution, it is a cowardly evasion.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If quitting smoking seems hard right now, it is exactly what you should start doing.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Women are like tea bags: put them in hot water and they get stronger.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“When it’s better for everyone, it’s better for everyone.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Love can often be misguided and do as much harm as good, but respect can do only good. It assumes that the other person’s stature is as large as one’s own, his rights as reasonable, his needs as important.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I think that if the atomic bomb did nothing more, it scared the people to the point where they realized that either they must do something about preventing war or there is a chance that there might be a morning when we would not wake up.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nobody else is going to do the things which are yours to be done in the world.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We must be willing to learn the lesson that cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Everybody wants something.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad-ass speed.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“After the discovery in 1918 of love letters revealing that Franklin was involved with Lucy Mercer: The bottom dropped out of my own particular world, I faced myself, my surroundings, my world, honestly for the first time.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The greatest gift you can give a child is an imagination.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

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

“If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll have a wonderful time doing it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You never know anyone until you marry them.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“No one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We do not move forward by curtailing people’s liberty because we are afraid of what they may do or say.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Human resources are the most valuable assets the world has. They are all needed desperately.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Furnish an example, stop preaching, stop shielding, don’t prevent self-reliance and initiative, allow your children to develop along thier own lines.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Be flexible, but stick to your principles.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Government exists for one purpose: to make things better for all people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“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

“What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Losing money is a big loss, losing friends is greater than the loss, also lost all faith is lost.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Curiosity must be kept alive.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The basis of all good human behavior is kindness.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can, with whatever means you may have, however meager they may seem, you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears. Without preparation you cannot do it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It seems to me that I cannot afford, as a self-respecting individual, to refuse to do a thing merely because it will make me disliked or bring down a storm of criticism on my head.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says: it can’t be done.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Terrific minds focus on tips; average minds go over activities; little minds talk about people today.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is very difficult to have a free, fair and honest press anywhere in the world. In the first place, as a rule, papers are largely supported by advertising, and that immediately gives the advertisers a certain hold over the medium they use.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren’t paying attention to you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Democracy cannot be static. Whatever is static is dead.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Keep us at tasks too hard for us that we may be driven to Thee for strength.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is like a parachute jump, you’ve got to get it right the first time.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is a brave thing to have courage to be an individual; it is also, perhaps, a lonely thing. But it is better than not being an individual, which is to be nobody at all.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is today that we create the world of the future.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“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

“In business courtesy and efficiency have a symbiotic relationship.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s your life-but only if you make it so.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is meant to be lived.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Work is always an antidote to depression.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is so much easier to be enthusiastic than to reason!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“The choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“The things you refuse to meet today always come back at you later on, usually under circumstances which make the decision twice as difficult as it originally was.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Anyone who has gone through great suffering is bound to have a greater sympathy and understanding of the problems of mankind.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The motivating force of the theory of a Democratic way of life is still a belief that as individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live…” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Every day do something that frightens you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view. It is as though people would rather die than change.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The very next thing you need to be doing is the thing that terrifies you the most.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I do not want church groups controlling the schools of our country. They must remain free.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Enjoy every minute you have with those you love, my dear, for no one can take joy that is past away from you. It will be there in your heart to live on when the dark days come.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“What I have learned from my own experience is that the most important ingredients in a child’s education are curiosity, interest, imagination, and a sense of the adventure of life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We need our radicals.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Feelings, too, are facts. Emotion is a fact. Human experience is a fact. It is often possible to gain more real insight into human beings and their motivation by reading great fiction than by personal acquaintance.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“About the only value the story of my life may have is to show that one can, even without any particular gifts, overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable if one is willing to face the fact that they must be overcome.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The most important word in the English language is hope.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Manipulate the situation to create the reality of your desire.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you have to compromise, be sure to compromise up.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Understanding is a two-way street.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You should always own a black dress because no one ever remembers a black dress.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Every time you meet a situation you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“All the water in the world cannot drown you unless it gets inside of you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A great deal of fear is a result of just “not knowing.” We do not know what is involved in a new situation. We do not know whether we can deal with it. The sooner we learn what it entails, the sooner we can dissolve our fear.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Marriage and the up-bringing of children in the home require as well-trained a mind and as well-disciplined a character as any other occupation that might be considered a career.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Make the most of What you have, When you have it, Where you are.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No leader can be too far ahead of his followers.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Poverty is an expensive luxury. We cannot afford it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I never thought of achievement. I just did what came along for me to do – the thing that gave me the most pleasure.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“All of life is a constant education.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A guest is really good or bad because of the host or hostess who makes being a guest an easy or a difficult task.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Change means the unknown.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be confident, not certain.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“I once 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

“Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing alive can stand still, it goes forward or back. Life is interesting only as long as it is a process of growth; or, to put it another way, we can only grow as long as we are interested.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We will never have peace without friendship around the world.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A candle can bring light to a dungeon but it can also be used to light a deadly marijuana cigarette.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No writing has any real value which is not the expression of genuine thought and feeling.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have learned long ago to possess my soul in patience and accept the inevitable.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Education is the cornerstone of liberty.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No, I have never wanted to be a man. I have often wanted to be more effective as a woman, but I have never felt that trousers would do the trick!” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“True hospitality consists of giving the best of yourself to your guests.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one from the beginning of time has had security.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“How hard it is to project oneself into the future. We are always prone to think of the conditions which are with us today as being permanent conditions.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without being related to you and repeatedly questioning why you’re in nonprofit.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Never be bored, and you will never be boring.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“No human being can ever “own” another, whether in friendship, love, marriage or parenthood. Many human relationships have been ruined and happiness far too often changed to misery by a failure to understand this.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is a desire for progress in the hearts of all men, and it is the sense of frustration and inability to move forward that brings violent revolution.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“In our country we must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“To undo mistakes is always harder than not to create them originally, but we seldom have foresight. Therefore, we have no choice but to try to correct our past mistakes.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“An economic policy which does not consider the well-being of all will not serve the purposes of peace and the growth of well-being among the people of all nations.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“What one has to do usually can be done.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have a great objection to seeing anyone, particularly anyone whom I care about, lose his self-control.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You get strength and courage, when you stop to look fear in the face.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Life has got to be lived – that’s all there is to it. At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that ‘this, too, shall pass!’” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Caring comes from being able to put yourself in the position of the other person.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I can’t tell you how to succeed, but I can tell you how to fail: Try to please everybody.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Curiously enough, it is often the people who refuse to assume any responsibility who are apt to be the sharpest critics of those who do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do not be afraid of mistakes, provided you do not make the same one twice.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Sailors have the cleanest bodies and the filthiest minds.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You achieve strength, braveness and confidence by each experience in which you really halt to search dread during the deal with.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Anger is one letter short of danger.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Poor minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Most of the work that’s done in the world gets done by people who weren’t feeling all that well at the time that they did it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“So, after all, we are but puppets, creatures of our fate, not commanding it but being molded by it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You do the things that need to be done according to priority.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is nothing to fear except fear it’s self.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music – that would be rest.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The people who came to New England, came for freedom of religion. The problem is, freedom of religion to them meant freedom for only their religion.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“More people are ruined by victory, I imagine, than be defeat.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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