Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.

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

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.

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery, rather than avenge it?

Understanding is a two-way street.

The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.

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.

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

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

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.

When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.

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.

As for accomplishments I just did what I had to do as things came along.

I think that somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.

You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

Friendship with ones self is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

I'm so glad I never feel important it does complicate life!

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.

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living I think.

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