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Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

Name:
Eleanor Roosevelt
Type:
Activist, Diplomat, Politician
Nationality:
American
Birth year:

  • A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
  • A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.
  • A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • All of life is a constant education.
  • Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
  • As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
  • Be confident, not certain
  • Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
  • Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.
  • Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.
  • Courage is exhilarating.
  • 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.
  • Do one thing every day that scares you.
  • 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 any attention to you. It's your attention to yourself that is so stultifying. But you have to disregard yourself as completely as possible. If you fail the first time then you'll just have to try harder the second time. After all, there's no real reason why you should fail. Just stop thinking about yourself.
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you'll be criticized anyway.
  • Don't call a woman a bitch. Call her an ass-hole. It still gets your point across and it's not sexist.
  • Each of us has... all the time there is. Those years, weeks, hours, are the sands in the glass running swiftly away. To let them drift through our fingers is tragic waste. To use them to the hilt, making them count for something, is the beginning of wisdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
  • Friendship with one's self is all-important because, without it, one can not be friends with anyone else in the world.
  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
  • Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.
  • Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
  • He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
  • 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.
  • I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.
  • I believe 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.
  • I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.
  • I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.
  • 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.
  • I never waste time looking back.
  • I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
  • 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 would be curiosity.
  • If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
  • If someone betrays you once, it's their fault; if they betray you twice, it's your fault.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.
  • It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
  • It is not more vacation we need it is more vocation.
  • 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.
  • It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.
  • It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
  • It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.
  • It's your life-but only if you make it so.
  • Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
  • 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?
  • Life is like a parachute jump, you've got to get it right the first time.
  • Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
  • Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
  • Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
  • 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.
  • Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
  • My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
  • Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.
  • Never be bored, and you will never be boring.
  • Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
  • No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
  • Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, 'It can't be done.'
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. 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
  • People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
  • Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one's world.
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
  • The giving of love is an education in itself.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are no have-to's, just choices.
  • There is not human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.
  • Think as little as possible about yourself. Think as much as possible about other people.
  • 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.
  • To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
  • To me who dreamed so much as a child, who made a dreamworld in which I was the heroine of an unending story, the lives of people around me continued to have a certain storybook quality. I learned something which has stood me in good stead many times The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.
  • Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
  • Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
  • Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
  • Understanding is a two-way street.
  • 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.
  • We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?
  • What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading. It is the ideas stirred in your own mind, the ideas which are a reflection of your own thinking, which make you an interesting person
  • What you don't do can be a destructive force.
  • When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
  • When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
  • When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.
  • 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. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. 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. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
  • Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?
  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
  • Work is always an antidote to depression.
  • You always admire what you really don't understand.
  • 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.
  • You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude
  • 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.
  • You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
  • You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
  • You should always own a black dress because no one ever remembers a black dress.
  • You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
  • 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.