Saturday, October 08, 2005

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes




She has some great ones! Also worth checking out is the Time article on the Most Influential First Lady

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


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


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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
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


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



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


It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
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 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


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


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


Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Eleanor Roosevelt


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


Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.
Eleanor Roosevelt


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


Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.
Eleanor Roosevelt


For 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.
Eleanor Roosevelt


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


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


It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation.
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


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


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



One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt



Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
Eleanor Roosevelt



Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
Eleanor Roosevelt



So I took an interest in politics, but I don't know whether I enjoyed it! It was a wife's duty to be interested in whatever interested her husband, whether it was politics, books, or a particular dish for dinner.
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



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



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



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



The giving of love is an education in itself.
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



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



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



Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.
Eleanor Roosevelt



Understanding is a two-way street.
Eleanor Roosevelt



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



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.
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



What is to give light must endure the burning.
Eleanor Roosevelt



When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.
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



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



With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt



You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
Eleanor Roosevelt


You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt


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Katie the Scrapbook Lady

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1 Comments:

Blogger Muthu Pearl said...

nice quote of Eleanor Roosevelt . Thanks for sharing this.

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