100 Motivational Quotes By Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman Of Substance
Wife of American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Activist and Promoter of New Deal
New York City, New York, USA
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was a former American First Lady, diplomat, politician and activist, who is often regarded as one of the most influential first ladies in the history of the United States. She was married to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and remained as the First Lady of the country for 12 years, during which she emerged as a political leader in her own right. Roosevelt’s husband Franklin was often not able to make public appearances after having suffered from Polio but she made appearances in his place and became the second voice of the President. ‘First Lady of the World’ was what she was called by President Harry Truman. She had served in several roles in the United Nations, including the ‘1st Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women’ and ‘Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights’, which made her an influential voice on a global platform. She was an activist as well as a feminist, at a time when it was something that was almost unheard of. Needless to say, Roosevelt was a woman who was way ahead of her time. Here are some of the most famous quotes and thoughts by Eleanor Roosevelt that will inspire and motivate you throughout your journey of life.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water. 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 wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. 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. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault. 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. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived. What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail? You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. 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. Once I 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. Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say
yes. Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war. When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? 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. Work is always an antidote to depression. One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do ... I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. 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. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. It's your life-but only if you make it so. A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist. 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. Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. 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. 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? There is not human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep. All of life is a constant education. It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down. The giving of love is an education in itself. 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. As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along. It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. I have never felt that anything really mattered but knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could. Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here. Don't call a woman a bitch. Call her an ass-hole. It still gets your point across and it's not sexist. Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again. 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. I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk. The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why. You should always own a black dress because no one ever remembers a black dress. Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual you have an obligation to be one. Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death. There are no have-to's, just choices In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond. I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people? You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Be confident, not certain Never be bored, and you will never be boring. I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don't make up their minds, someone will do it for them. He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. What you don't do can be a destructive force. I could never be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide. Love can often be misguided and do as much harm as good, but respect can do only good. It assumes that the other person's stature is as large as one's own, his rights as reasonable, his needs as important. It is a brave thing to have courage to be an individual; it is also, perhaps, a lonely thing. But it is better than not being an individual, which is to be nobody at all. We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they do not throw the worker out of his job. There is nothing to fear except fear it's self. Understanding is a two-way street. If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else … you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being. Every woman wants to be first to someone sometime in her life and that desire is the explanation for many strange things women do. If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively. If you lose money you lose much,
If you lose friends you lose more,
If you lose faith you lose all. When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it. To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start. Each time you learn something new you must readjust the whole framework of your knowledge No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them. THE GREATEST GIVE YOU CAN GIVE A CHILD IS AN IMAGINATION
I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived.
To be mature you have to realize what you value most... Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one's own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.
Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
I think I have a good deal of my Uncle Theodore in me, because I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on.
Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one's world. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.