Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

Most popular Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

Understanding is a two-way street.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Do one thing every day that scares you.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

how to live life

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The giving of love is an education in itself.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

love

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Democracy cannot be static. Whatever is static is dead.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

democracy

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

confidence

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

justice

The first freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.

eating

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

victory & defeat

Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

self-esteem

In business courtesy and efficiency have a symbiotic relationship.

business

Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.

mankind defeat

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

future

Talking too much is a far greater social fault than talking too little.

talking

Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

present moment

I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

opposition

Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong.
— Eleanor Roosevelt My Day
A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

adversity

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

women

A woman is like a tea bag You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

women

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

beauty aging inspirational

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 anyone else in the world.

self-acceptance

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

fear courage

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
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

peace

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.

curiosity

Ability is not something to be saved, like money, in the hope that you can draw interest on it.  The interest comes from the spending.  Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.

ability

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.
— 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 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

experiences

Up to a certain point it is good for us to know that there are people in the world who will give us love and unquestioned loyalty to the limit of their ability. I doubt, however, if it is good for us to feel assured of this without the accompanying obligation of having to justify this devotion by our behavior.

love loyalty

About the only value the story of my life may have is to show that one can, even without any particular gifts, overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable if one is willing to face the fact that they must be overcome; that, in spite of timidity and fear, in spite of a lack of special talents, one can find a way to live widely and fully.

obstacles