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51 Wonderful Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

Great Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, activist, diplomat as well as wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was the first lady who stood besides her husband with her active participation in American politics. Below are few of the amazing quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt.

  1. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “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
  3. “A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. “For it isn’t enough to talk of peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. “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
  8. “The giving of love is an education in itself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. “Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  12. “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  13. “Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. “I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  16. “What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. “I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  18. “The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. “If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  20. “When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. “It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  22. “When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  23. “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  24. “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  25. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  26. “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  27. “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
  28. “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.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  29. “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
  30. “As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  31. “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.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  32. “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. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  33. “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
  34. “A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  35. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  36. “It’s good to be middle-aged, things don’t matter so much, you don’t take it so hard when things happen to you that you don’t like.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  37. “You always admire what you really don’t understand.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  38. “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  39. “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  40. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  41. “The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  42. “You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  43. “Understanding is a two-way street.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  44. “I consider those are rich who are doing something they feel worthwhile and which they enjoy doing.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  45. “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  46. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  47. “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  48. “I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I like the role.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  49. “Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  50. “What one has to do usually can be done.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  51. “It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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