ᐅEleanor Roosevelt Quotes On Life, Love & Small Minds

“Staying aloof is not a solution, it is a cowardly evasion.”

"Staying aloof is not a solution, it is a cowardly evasion." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"My life can be so arranged that I can live on whatever I have. If I cannot live as I have lived in the past, I shall live differently, and living differently does not mean living with less attention to the things that make life gracious and pleasant or with less enjoyment of things of the mind." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they

"We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they do not throw the worker out of his job." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There are no have-to's, just choices" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Friendship with oneself is all important.”

"Friendship with oneself is all important." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I would not be happy unless I had some regular work to do every day and I imagine that I will always feel that way no matter how old I am." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"An economic policy which does not consider the well-being of all will not serve the purposes of peace and the growth of well-being among the people of all nations." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"This living in a democracy is a problem, isn't it?" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Long ago, I made up my mind that, when things were said involving only me, I would pay no attention to them, except when valid criticism was carried by which I could profit." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is our freedom to progress that makes us all want to live and to go on." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“People can only make you inferior with your consent.”

"People can only make you inferior with your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We cannot exist as a little island of well-being in a world where two-thirds of the people go to bed hungry every night." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"What we apparently have failed to grasp is that, in this new world in which we live, the collective hunger of great masses of people, wherever they may be, will affect our long-range welfare, just as though they were our own people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Terrific minds focus on tips; average minds go over activities; little minds talk about people today." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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. It is tragic to realize that the majority of human beings, even the so-called educated, call upon only the smallest fraction of their potential capacity. They leave many talents dormant. They fail to develop their mental qualities. They are almost unaware of the degree of energy upon which they might call to build a full and rewarding life." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The leisure class is one in which individuals have sufficient economic security and sufficient leisure to find opportunity for a variety of satisfactions in life." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A respect for the rights of other peoples to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Somehow we must be able to show people that democracy is not about words, but action." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"talking too much is a far greater social fault than talking too little." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you have to compromise, be sure to compromise up.”

"If you have to compromise, be sure to compromise up." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We can no longer oversimplify. We can no longer build lazy and false stereotypes: Americans are like this, Russians are like that, a Jew behaves in such a way, a Negro thinks in a different way. The lazy generalities - 'You know how women are ... Isn't that just like a man?' The world cannot be understood from a single point of view." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I'm sure that all the drivers and motorcycle police had once been racing drivers and were eager to get back to that profession." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You get strength and courage, when you stop to look fear in the face." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have a great belief in spiritual force, but I think we have to realize that spiritual force alone has to have material force with it so long as we live in a material world. The two together make a strong combination." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"So, after all, we are but puppets, creatures of our fate, not commanding it but being molded by it." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I was perfectly certain that I had nothing to offer of an individual nature and that my only chance of doing my duty as the wife of a public official was to do exactly as the majority of women were doing." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Because they have so little, children must rely on imagination rather than experience." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I do not think I will ever become deadened, because I live in other people's lives, I must admit there are times when it weighs medown because I can't do some of the things I want." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You seem to think that everyone can save money if they have the character to do it. As a matter of fact, there are innumerable people who have a wide choice between saving and giving their children the best possible opportunities. The decision is usually in favor of the children." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There is in every country an antipathy to the foreigner." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If it's a man's game so decidedly that a woman would be soiled by entering it, then there is something radically wrong with the American game of politics." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Organize first for knowledge, first with the object of making us know ourselves as a nation, for we have to do that before we canbe of value to other nations of the world and then organize to accomplish the things that you decide to want. Anddon't make decisions with the interest of youth alone before you. Make your decisions because they are good for the nation as a whole." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I kept praying that I might be able to prevent a repetition of this stupidity called war. I have tried to keep the promise I made to myself, but the progress that the world is making toward peace seems like the crawling of a little child, very halting and slow." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You need not be proud of me.... I'm only being active till you can be again--it isn't such a great desire on my part to serve theworld and I'll fall back into habits of sloth quite easily!" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If everything was in your favor, if you did not have to surmount any great mountains, then you have nothing to be proud of. But if you feel that you have special difficulties, then you must indeed be proud of your achievement." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If we fail to meet our problems here, no one else in the world will do so. If we fail, the heart goes out of progressives throughout the world." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Our obligation to the world is, primarily, our obligation to our own future. Obviously, we cannot develop beyond a certain point unless other nations develop, too." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I found that almost everyone had something interesting to contribute to my education.”

"I found that almost everyone had something interesting to contribute to my education." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There are three fundamentals for human happiness - love and faith, and work which will produce at least a minimum of material security. These things must be made possible for all human beings, men and women alike." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Marriage and the up-bringing of children in the home require as well-trained a mind and as well-disciplined a character as any other occupation that might be considered a career." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A guest is really good or bad because of the host or hostess who makes being a guest an easy or a difficult task." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"To appear to be on the inside and know more than others about what is going on is a great temptation for most people. It is a rare person who is willing to seem to know less than he does ... Somehow, people seem to feel that it is belittling to their importance not to know more than other people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"To tell the people in the West not to use their cars means that these people may never see another soul for weeks and weeks nor have a way of getting a sick person to a doctor." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"... any citizen should be willing to give all that he has to give his country in work or sacrifice in times of crisis." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I believe in active citizenship, for men and women equally, as a simple matter of right and justice. I believe we will have better government in all of our countries when men and women discuss public issues together and make their decisions on the basis of their different areas of experience and their common concern for the welfare of their families and their world." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Once your children are grown up and have children of their own, the problems are theirs and the less the older generation interferes the better." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There is a widespread understanding among the people of this nation, and probably among the people of the world, that there is no safety except through the prevention of war." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Perhaps the basic thing which contributes to charm is the ability to forget oneself and be engrossed in other people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The labor movement has a great role to play in our country today." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You'll be "damned if you do, and damned if you don't."" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"Keep us at tasks too hard for us that we may be driven to Thee for strength." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"This is a strange, little, complacent country [Switzerland], in many ways a USA in miniature but of course nearer the center of disturbance!" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We need our radicals." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The separation of church and state is extremely important to any of us who holds to the original traditions of our nation. . . . To change these traditions . . . would be harmful to our whole attitude of tolerance in the religious area. If we look at situations which have arisen in the past in Europe and other world areas, I think we will see the reason why it is wise to hold to our early traditions." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have always felt that it was important that everyone who was a worker join a labor organization." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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

"The hard part of loving is that one has to learn so often to let go of those we love, so they can do things, so they can grow, so they can return to us with an even richer, deeper love." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”

"When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You [future first ladies] will feel that you are no longer clothing yourself, you are dressing a public monument." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Nothing was ever accomplished by anyone who said 'It can't be done.'" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"No one from the beginning of time has had security." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You in the unions do not yet represent all of labor. But I hope some day you will, because I believe that it is through strength, through the fact that people who know what people need are working to make this country a better place for all people, that we will help the world to accept our leadership and understand that, under our form of government and through our way of life, we have something to offer them." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"All big things in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The constant pressure to bring about conformity is a dangerous thing." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Feelings, too, are facts. Emotion is a fact. Human experience is a fact. It is often possible to gain more real insight into human beings and their motivation by reading great fiction than by personal acquaintance." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Be flexible, but stick to your principles." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The most important word in the English language is hope." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"No, I have never wanted to be a man. I have often wanted to be more effective as a woman, but I have never felt that trousers would do the trick!" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you build a memorial, you build it not because the person wanted it, but for the future -- for generations who didn't know the man and didn't know the era in which he lived." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Criticism ... makes very little dent upon me, unless I think there is some real justification and something should be done." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"At any age it does us no harm to look over our past shortcomings and plan to improve our characters and actions in the coming year." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I believe that it is a great mistake not to stand up for people, even when you differ with them, if you feel that they are trying to do things that will help our country." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have a great objection to seeing anyone, particularly anyone whom I care about, lose his self-control." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is very difficult to have a free, fair and honest press anywhere in the world. In the first place, as a rule, papers are largely supported by advertising, and that immediately gives the advertisers a certain hold over the medium they use." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"the term 'young adults' which is so often used today seems to me a misnomer, and one which, if taken seriously, may lead the adolescent into misunderstanding as to his nature and his role in life. 'Young" he is; 'adult' he is not." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The economy of communism is an economy which grows in an atmosphere of misery and want." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"To most teenagers, life is a strange uncharted land filled with a mixture of new joys, intensely felt, and painful confusions for which they know no anodyne." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"the greatest luxury I know is sitting up reading in bed." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"In business courtesy and efficiency have a symbiotic relationship." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Get out of the way as quickly as you're not needed." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is a rather curious thing to have to divide one's life into personal and official compartments and temporarily put the personal side into its hidden compartment to be taken out again when one's official duties are at an end." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have never believed that war settled anything satisfactorily, but I am not entirely sure that some times there are certain situations in the world such as we have in actuality when a country is worse off when it does not go to war for its principles than if it went to war." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There is no more precious experience in life than friendship. And I am not forgetting love and marriage as I write this; the lovers, or the man and wife, who are not friends are but weakly joined together. One enlarges his circle of friends through contact with many people. One who limits those contacts narrows the circle and frequently his own point of view as well." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"This freedom of which men speak, for which they fight, seems to some people a perilous thing. It has to be earned at a bitter cost and then — it has to be lived with. For freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind, that is the approval by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Human resources are the most valuable assets the world has. They are all needed desperately." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The kind of propaganda that some of the religious groups, aided and abetted by the opposition, put forth in that campaign utterly disgusted me. If I needed anything to show me what prejudice can do to the intelligence of human beings that campaign was the best lesson I could have had." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Manipulate the situation to create the reality of your desire”

"Manipulate the situation to create the reality of your desire" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everybody wants something." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Most women, I think, though they may complain a little about this, would agree that meeting the needs of others is not a real burden; it is what makes life worth living. It is probably the deepest satisfaction a woman has." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can, with whatever means you may have, however meager they may seem, you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears. Without preparation you cannot do it." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If quitting smoking seems hard right now, it is exactly what you should start doing”

"If quitting smoking seems hard right now, it is exactly what you should start doing" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Smearing good people like Lauchlin Currie [former administrative assistant to President Roosevelt], Alger Hiss and others is, I think, unforgiveable... Anyone knowing Mr. Currie or Mr. Hiss, who are the two people whom I happen to know fairly well, would not need any denial on their part to know they are not Communists. Their records prove it." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I learned then that practically no one in the world is entirely bad or entirely good, and that motives are often more important than actions." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Our children should learn the general framework of their government and then they should know where they come in contact with the government, where it touches their daily lives and where their influence is exerted on the government. It must not be a distant thing, someone else's business, but they must see how every cog in the wheel of a democracy is important and bears its share of responsibility for the smooth running of the entire machine." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Home-making today should have a background of scientific training because only in this way can real efficiency be achieved. The average girl wants to be able to keep her house with the least possible strain, and in order to do this she must have good training. This can best be achieved by taking a good course in home economics." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I believe that it is essential to our leadership in the world and to the development of true democracy in our country to have no discrimination in our country whatsoever. This is most important in the schools of our country." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The world conspires to help those who are in love with the beauty of their dreams.

"The world conspires to help those who are in love with the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We do not move forward by curtailing people's liberty because we are afraid of what they may do or say." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Each of us has... all the time there is. Those years, weeks, hours, are the sands in the glass running swiftly away. To let them drift through our fingers is tragic waste. To use them to the hilt, making them count for something, is the beginning of wisdom." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Be confident, not certain" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I could never say in the morning, "I have a headache and cannot do thus and so". Headache or no headache, thus and so had to be done." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Furnish an example, stop preaching, stop shielding, don't prevent self-reliance and initiative, allow your children to develop along thier own lines." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Democracy cannot be static. Whatever is static is dead." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view. It is as though people would rather die than change." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Life was meant to be lived." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Curiosity must be kept alive." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"There is not human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The basis of all good human behavior is kindness." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The people who came to New England, came for freedom of religion. The problem is, freedom of religion to them meant freedom for only their religion" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The morality of a [political] party must grow out of the conscience and the participation of the voters." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do not be afraid of mistakes, provided you do not make the same one twice." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We women are callow fledglings as compared with the wise old birds who manipulate the political machinery, and we still hesitate to believe that a woman can fill certain positions in public life as competently and adequately as a man. For instance, it is certain that women do not want a woman for President. Nor would they have the slightest confidence in her ability to fulfill the functions of that office. Every woman who fails in a public position confirms this, but every woman who succeeds creates confidence." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Success in marriage depends on being able, when you get over being in love, to really love....You never know anyone until you marry them." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart.”

"Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"One has to live in Washington to know what a city of rumors it is." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"it is harder to be philosophical when you are young." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have often thought that less is expected of the president of a great corporation than of an American wife." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"How can we be such fools as to go on senselessly taking human life in this way? Why the women in every nation do not rise up and refuse to bring children into a world of this kind is beyond my understanding." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I think that if the atomic bomb did nothing more, it scared the people to the point where they realized that either they must do something about preventing war or there is a chance that there might be a morning when we would not wake up." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"For instance, it is certain that women do not want a woman for President. Nor would they have the slightest confidence in her ability to fulfill the functions of that office." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I never thought of achievement. I just did what came along for me to do - the thing that gave me the most pleasure." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"After the discovery in 1918 of love letters revealing that Franklin was involved with Lucy Mercer: The bottom dropped out of my own particular world, I faced myself, my surroundings, my world, honestly for the first time." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The greatest gift you can give a child is an imagination." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you believe that a nation is really better off which achieves for a comparative few, those who are capable of attaining it, high culture, ease, opportunity, and that these few from their enlightenment should give what they consider best to those less favored, then you naturally belong to the Republican Party. But if you believe that people must struggle slowly to the light for themselves, then it seems to me that you are a Democrat." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have often felt that I cheated my children a little. I was never so totally theirs as most mothers are. I gave to audiences whatbelonged to my children, got back from audiences the love my children longed to give me." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"... the next war will be a war in which people not armies will suffer, and our boasted, hard-earned civilization will do us no good. Cannot the women rise to this great opportunity and work now, and not have the double horror, if another war comes, of losing their loved ones, and knowing that they lifted no finger when they might have worked hard?" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"... many of the things which we deplore, the prevalence of tuberculosis, the mounting record of crime in certain sections of the country, are not due just to lack of education and to physical differences, but are due in great part to the basic fact of segregation which we have set up in this country and which warps and twists the lives not only of our Negro population, but sometimes of foreign born or even of religious groups." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789 [of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man], the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the U.S., and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I consider those are rich who are doing something they feel worthwhile and which they enjoy doing." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"As with all children, the feeling that I was useful was perhaps the greatest joy I experienced." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"So I took an interest in politics, but I don't know whether I enjoyed it! 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

"...real prosperity can only come when everybody prospers." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We must do what we think we can't do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Sometimes it is extremely good for you to forget that there is anything in the world which needs to be done, and to do some particular thing that you want to do. Every human being needs a certain amount of time in which he can be peaceful." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You should always own a black dress because no one ever remembers a black dress." ~ 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

"The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours - and I think probably gave me many nightmares." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"Make the most of What you have, When you have it, Where you are." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Mr. [Richard M.] Nixon never has anything but hindsight." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I think it is impossible for one human being really to know another without first knowing and being at peace with himself." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Men have to be reminded that women exist." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"experience should teach us that it is always the unexpected that does occur." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Losing money is a big loss, losing friends is greater than the loss, also lost all faith is lost" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"...no matter how avid they themselves may be for praise and appreciation, people are often niggardly in giving it to others, however merited it is." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I often wonder how we can make the more fortunate in this country fully aware of the fact that the problem of the unemployed is not a mechanical one. It is a problem alive and throbbing with human pain." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Every woman wants to be first to someone sometime in her life and that desire is the explanation for many strange things women do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A successful life for a man or for a woman seems to me to lie in the knowledge that one has developed to the limit the capacities with which one was endowed; that one has contributed something constructive to family and friends and to a home community; that one has brought happiness wherever it was possible; that one has earned one's way in the world, has kept some friends, and need not be ashamed to face oneself honestly." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We have come to accept bigger and bigger things as meaning greater and greater efficiency, more and more prosperity and more and more freedom. The two do not go together of necessity." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"...so much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty, and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating and destructive effect upon society than the others." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"We all grow older and we all have to live with ourselves." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I think that in great crises you need to have deep rooted convictions and I have a feeling from the kind of campaigns that I have watched Mr. Nixon in in the past that his convictions are not very strong." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I wish I really knew what the Republican foreign policy has been. I don't. I am a Democrat, and I really don't know what it has been." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I know that given great responsibility men sometimes change, but Mr. Nixon's Presidency would worry me." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I have complete faith in the American people's ability if they know and if they have leadership." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I don't know much about Capitalism, but I do know about Democracy and freedom, and if Capitalism may change in many, many ways, I'm not really very much interested in Capitalism." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"To a certain extent I don't see any real need for socialism in the United States immediately, but things change and it may be that there will come a need for partial changes in our economy." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You never have a normal family relationship in the White House; it's an impossible thing to have. You live in a goldfish bubble, and you snatch what you can for a personal life, but you never have a normal, natural existence." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I feel quite sure that what the American people lack is knowledge." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Mahatma Gandhi I would say had perhaps a greater spiritual quality whereas Winston Churchill had besides the courage, ability and above everything else, the ability to put into words what his people felt so that he could always lead them. And my own husband I think had great patience, which you need in a democracy because you have to come to do fundamental things, you have to have the patience to have people educated; and then I think he had a deep interest in human beings as human beings." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I'm intensely anxious to preserve the freedom that gives you the right to think and to act and to talk as you please. That I think is essential to happiness and the life of the people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I think the thing we must look for actually is a growth in our people and in whoever comes in a quality of courage to tell our people just what world conditions are." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"I feel quite sure that the American people, if they have knowledge and leadership, can meet any crisis just as well as they met it over and over again in the past." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"No one can move without some leadership." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"If human beings can be trained for cruelty and greed and a belief in power which comes through hate and fear and force, certainly we can train equally well for greatness and mercy and the power of love which comes because of the strength of the good qualities to be found in the soul of every human being." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world ... Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It's your life - but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. 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." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; if he betrays you twice, it is your fault. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much; he who loses a friend, loses much more; he who loses faith, loses all." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Long ago, there was a noble word, liberal, which derives from the word free. Now a strange thing happened to that word. A man named Hitler made it a term of abuse, a matter of suspicion, because those who were not with him were against him, and liberals had no use for Hitler. And then another man named McCarthy cast the same opprobrium on the word. ... We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Basically we could not have peace, or an atmosphere in which peace could grow, unless we recognized the rights of individual human beings... their importance, their dignity... and agreed that was the basic thing that had to be accepted throughout the world." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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

"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 greatest tragedy of old age is the tendency for the old to feel unneeded, unwanted, and of no use to anyone; the secret of happiness in the declining years is to remain interested in life, as active as possible, useful to others, busy, and forward looking." ~ 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

"Success is not something that can be measured or worn on a watch or hung on a wall. It is not the esteem of colleagues, or the admiration of the community, or the appreciation of patients. Success is the certain knowledge that you have become yourself, the person you will meant to be from all time. That should be reward enough." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"All of us in this country give lip service to the ideals set forth in the Bill of Rights and emphasized by every additional amendment, and yet when war is stirring in the world, many of us are ready to curtail our civil liberties. We do not stop to think that curtailing these liberties may in the end bring us a greater danger than the danger we are trying to avert." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The most unhappy people in the world are those who face the days without knowing what to do with their time. But if you have more projects than you have time for, you are not going to be an unhappy person. This is as much a question of having imagination and curiosity as it is of actually making plans." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.... The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Your ambition should be to get as much life out of living as you possibly can, as much enjoyment, as much interest, as much experience, as much understanding. Not simply be what is generally called a 'success.'" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must not, for whatever reason, turn his back on life." Another "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In stopping to think through the meaning of what I have learned, there is much that I believe intensely, much I am unsure of. 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

"Every time you meet a situation you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it. All anyone can do is to point out ways and means which have been helpful to others. Perhaps they will serve as suggestions to stimulate your own thinking until you know what it is that will fulfill you, will help you to find out what you want to do with your life." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don't be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren't paying any attention to you. It's your attention to yourself that is so stultifying. But you have to disregard yourself as completely as possible. If you fail the first time then you'll just have to try harder the second time. After all, there's no real reason why you should fail. Just stop thinking about yourself." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The American Dream can no more remain static than can the American nation.... We cannot any longer take an old approach to world problems. They aren't the same problems. It isn't the same world. We must not adopt the methods of our ancestors; instead, we must emulate that pioneer quality in our ancestors that made them attempt new methods for a New World." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person...Withou t concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. . . . 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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt