Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

This collection of Eleanor Roosevelt quotes cover a variety of topics you are sure to enjoy.

Eleanor Roosevelt was quite a remarkable lady.

Not only was she the First Lady of the United States and the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, she advocated for civil rights and was active in politics.

President Truman called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes Index

Aging
Being True to Yourself
Change
Character
Curiosity
Fathers
Fear
Freedom
Friendship
Greatness
Happiness
Humorous
Immortality
Justice
Love
Peace
Self-Esteem
Success
Tips on Living Life
War
Wives
Women

Aging

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

"Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it. At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this, too, shall pass!'"
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


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Being True to Yourself

"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

"Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Change

"Change means the unknown."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Character

"Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Curiosity

"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

"Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Fathers

"The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Fear

"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Freedom

"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 is own weight, this is a frightening prospect."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Friendship

"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We will never have peace without friendship around the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Greatness

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Happiness

"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product."
~ 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

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Humorous

"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."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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

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Immortality

"Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Justice

"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Love

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

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

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Peace

"We will never have peace without friendship around the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"For 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 for it."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being-we can do it."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Self-Esteem

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Success

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

"In a democratic society we must live cooperatively, and serve the community in which we live, to the best of our ability. For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Tips on Living Life

"A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

"It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"All of life is a constant education."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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War

"I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war and no one will win the next."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Wives

"It was a wife's duty to be interested in whatever interested her husband, whether it was politics, books, or a particular dish for dinner."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Women

"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!"
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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