Best quotes by the American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Do one thing every day that scares you.
  • motivational

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

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

Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
  • future



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.
  • strength

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
  • inspirational

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience which you must stop and look fear in the face.
  • experience

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

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

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.
  • birthday

Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
  • Mistakes

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

Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
  • Criticism

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

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

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Inferiority

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
  • Effort

You always admire what you really don't understand.
  • Admiration

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
  • Immortality

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.
  • choices

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

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

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

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

Understanding is a two-way street.
  • Understanding

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

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.
  • anyway

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

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

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
  • Life


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Eleanor Roosevelt life quotes

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Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
  • future

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

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

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
  • Life

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.
  • life

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

Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.
  • analyze

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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.
  • strength

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.
  • birthday

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

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
  • seldom

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

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

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.
  • anyone

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
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A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
  • first

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

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.
  • behavior

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.
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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.
  • strength

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience which you must stop and look fear in the face.
  • experience

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.
  • Fear

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

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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
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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.
  • strength

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience which you must stop and look fear in the face.
  • experience

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

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.
  • confidence

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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
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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.
  • best

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

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

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
  • anyone



What one has to do usually can be done.
  • Necessity

Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.
  • beliefs

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.
  • being

The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
  • anything

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

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

It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.
  • Nation

Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!
  • hot

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

A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.
  • misattributed

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
  • seldom

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

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.
  • life

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.
  • against

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.
  • confidence

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.
  • America

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.
  • Belief

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.
  • Choice

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.
  • Curiosity

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.
  • Decisions

All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.
  • Failure

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.
  • Fear

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.
  • Humanity

Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building.
  • Leadership

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

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.
  • Maturity

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.
  • Motivational

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.
  • Peace

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.
  • Reading

Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.
  • analyze

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
  • aside

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.
  • behavior

Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
  • effect

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.
  • definite

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.
  • clear

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.
  • anyone

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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
  • courage

The giving of love is an education in itself.
  • love

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.
  • advantage

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.
  • accept

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.
  • being

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.
  • love

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: No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
  • humor

Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people.
  • great

If someone betrays you once, it's their fault. If they betray you twice, it's your fault.
  • fault

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

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


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