Eleanor Roosevelt was an author, humanitarian, spokesperson, and former First Lady of the US. She was much more than just the wife of the president. She had built her own identity and inspired others as well. So here are some of the best Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes that may inspire you as well.
Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
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.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. Eleanor Roosevelt
You must do the things you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice. 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. 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. Eleanor Roosevelt
Actors are one family over the entire world. Eleanor Roosevelt
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. Eleanor Roosevelt
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. Eleanor Roosevelt
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt
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. 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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it. Eleanor Roosevelt
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.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
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.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Best Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.
Understanding is a two-way street.
The giving of love is an education in itself.
What you don’t do can be a destructive force.
What one has to do usually can be done.
If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
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 ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
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.
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.
Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.
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.
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.
As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
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.
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.
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
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.
Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
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.
The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours – and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.