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Famous Eleanor Roosevelt Quotations

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"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Anger is only one letter short of danger."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"To handle yourself, use your head To handle others, use your heart."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life, not even your own child's."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"Actors are one family over the entire world"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."
by 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"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do one thing every day that scares you."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do whatever comes your way as well as you can. Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people and other things that are interesting. Put a good deal of thought into happiness that you are able to give."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"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"
by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Happiness is not a goal it is a by-product."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more, He who loses faith, loses all"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiousity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision."
by 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 would be curiosity."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault."
by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"If you lose money you lose much,
If you lose friends you lose more,
If you lose faith you lose all."

by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices that we make are ultimately our responsibility"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both"
by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Never be bored, and you will never be boring."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"No man is defeated without until he is defeated within."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice"
by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"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."
by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"The giving of love is an education in itself."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"The giving of love is an education in itself"
by 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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"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 map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighbourhood 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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home- so close and so smallthat they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they arethe 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, and equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them so close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
by Eleanor Anna Roosevelt
"Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"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 which you think you cannot do."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to 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."
by 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."
by Roosevelt, Eleanor
"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. - Eleanor Roosevelt"
by Anonymous
"A trait no other nation seems to possess in quite the same degree that we do -- namely, a feeling of almost childish injury and resentment unless the world as a whole recognizes how innocent we are of anything but the most generous and harmless intentions."
by 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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
by 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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"She Eleanor Roosevelt got even in a way that was almost cruel. She forgave them."
by Ralph McGill
"No woman has ever so comforted the distressed or distressed the comfortable. On Eleanor Roosevelt"
by Clare Boothe Luce
"Understanding is a two-way street."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent"
by 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."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"... all big changes in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"A society in which everyone works is not necessarily a free society and may indeed be a slave society; on the other hand, a society in which t..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"I was perfectly certain that I had nothing to offer of an individual nature and that my only chance of doing my duty as the wife of a public o..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"On the whole our armed services have been doing pretty well in the way of keeping us defended, but I hope our State Department will remember t..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Organize first for knowledge, first with the object of making us know ourselves as a nation, for we have to do that before we can be of value ..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' Chris..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"This will not be disloyalty but will show that as members of a party they are loyal first to the fine things for which the party stands and wh..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"You need not be proud of me.... I'm only being active till you can be again—it isn't such a great desire on my part to serve the world and I..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"You are wonderful. I love and honor you.... [ellipsis in source] Lead your own life, attend to your charities, cultivate yourself, travel when..."
by Eleanor Roosevelt


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