Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes and Sayings

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, sad and funny Eleanor Roosevelt quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more famous quotes on QuoteLicious.

  • Full name: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Born: October 11, 1984 in New York, New York, the U.S.
  • Died: November 7, 1962 in East 74th street, New York, the U.S.
  • Occupation: political figure, activist.
  • Spouse: Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Children: Anna Roosevelt Halsted, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., Elliott Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, John Aspinwall Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes about human rights, feminism

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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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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

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The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt quotes about life


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


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. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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


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


I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life! ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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


Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

More life quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes about family, wife, husband


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. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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The mother of a family should look upon her housekeeping and the planning of meals as a scientific occupation. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


I think I lived those years very impersonally. It was almost as though I had erected someone outside myself who was the president’s wife. I was lost somewhere deep down inside myself. That is the way I felt and worked until I left the White House. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


I do not think that I am a natural born mother… If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevel quotes about the future belongs

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

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes about happiness


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


Eleanor Roosevelt quotes on war, peace

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


Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide. ~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

Inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt quotes


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

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


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


Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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


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


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


Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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


Understanding is a two-way street. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


What one has to do usually can be done. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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


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

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


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. ~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


You must do the things you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


Do one thing every day that scares you.
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I consider those are rich who are doing something they feel worthwhile and which they enjoy doing.
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We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.
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It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
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