Quotes By Eleanor Roosevelt

Date of Birth: October 11, 1884  Date of Death: November 07, 1962

Married to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor was the First Lady of the United States of America from 1933 – 1945. After her husband’s death, she continued to be an advocate and an activist for civil rights. She was given the title of “First Lady of the World” by President Truman.

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

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

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Do one thing everyday that scares you.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The giving of love is an education in itself.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Work is always an antidote to depression.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say
yes.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

More people are ruined by victory, I imagine, than by defeat. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is exhilarating.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudce. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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