Eleanor Roosevelt quotes page 1
1884 – November 7, 1962; Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady and wife to FDR, served in that post for 12 years. She was later nicknamed
"First Lady of the World" by Harry S. Truman as a nod to her humanitarian work. Born in New York City, Roosevelt
was set to follow her mother's footsteps as a lady of society who would marry into an equally wealthy family,
have children and do what her husband said. Roosevelt would later explain that the brand of feminism she later
became known for was not a part of her early life. However, in 1899, she was sent to a boarding school called
Allenswood in England. There she learned, along with academics, how to become more assertive. Her teacher,
Madame Marie Souvestre, a progressive woman of the time, elected to take young Elizabeth as her traveling
companion all around Europe, showing her what women were capable of. It was nearly six years after returning to
the states that she would marry FDR. She spent the next decade or so following her humanitarian ambitions,
helping everyone from women of a lower class to immigrants. Then suffrage was granted to women in 1920. This
sent Roosevelt's humanitarian endeavors into overdrive, which was important as FDR would become stricken with
polio. He taught his ambitious wife the ways of a politician and came to rely on her as his eyes and ears. When
the Great Depression hit, Eleanor Roosevelt used her position to reach out to marginalized groups. This led her
to writing "My Day" columns, published nationally, between 1936 and 1962. She used these columns to bring up and
discuss humanitarian issues close to her heart. Before passing away, Eleanor Roosevelt was also instrumental in
creating the Declaration of Human Rights. She was also named head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission
by President Truman.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
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.
Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your
A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.
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.
What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Well behaved women rarely make history.
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.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not
only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a
constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was
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.
If someone betrays you, it's their fault. If they betray you twice; it's your fault.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make
You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they
You always admire what you really don't understand.
All big changes in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises.
You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.
Women are like teabags: you never know how strong they are until they're put in hot water.
I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with
anyone else in the world.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains
that people fight these wars.
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.
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.
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how
character is built.
You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with
the best you have to give.
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
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.
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
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.