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Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

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Eleanor Roosevelt, in full Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, (born October 11, 1884, New York, New York, U.S.—died November 7, 1962, New York City, New York), American first lady (1933–45), the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States, and a United Nations diplomat and humanitarian. She was, in her time, one of the world’s most widely admired and powerful women.

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

  • A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

  • If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

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

  • You must do the things you think you cannot do.

  • Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.

  • 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.

  • Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.

  • 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.

  • The giving of love is an education in itself.

  • 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.

  • Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

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

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

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

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

  • Understanding is a two-way street.

  • 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.

  • Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.

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

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

  • What you don’t do can be a destructive force.

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

  • Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.

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

  • It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.

  • What one has to do usually can be done.

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

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

  • My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.

  • Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.

  • Actors are one family over the entire world.

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