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Quotes of the day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Published Friday, October 11, 2013 @ 12:02 AM EDT
Oct 11 2013

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962) was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from 1933 to 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want- for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

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.

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

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

I wonder if one of the penalties of growing older is that you become more and more conscious that nothing in life is permanent.

If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.

In our country we must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

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.

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

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

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

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (Attributed-not found in her works or papers.)

Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted.

Once your children are grown up and have children of their own, the problems are theirs and the less the older generation interferes the better.

One should always sleep in all of one's guest beds, to make sure that they are comfortable.

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

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.

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.

So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating 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.

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

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

Understanding is a two-way street.

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

What one has to do usually can be done.

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

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

Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?

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 you think you cannot do.

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