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50 Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes on Fear, Human Rights, and Friendship

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Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist who served as the First Lady of the U.S. from March 1933 to April 1945. The longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor is credited with changing the role of the first lady. Not satisfied to stay in the background, she found her own voice in public service, helped the country’s poor, spoke out for human and women’s rights, penned her own newspaper column and much more.

Born in New York on October 11, 1884, Eleanor was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president. She married her distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, who would later become the 32nd president of the United States of America.

Following her husband’s death, President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, and she would later become chair of the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission. She died on November 7, 1962, at the age of 78.

 

Enjoy These Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

 

1.) You must do the things you think you cannot do. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

2.) Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

 

4.) No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes about Fear

 

5.) 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

 

6.) For it isn’t enough to talk of peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

7.) You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

 

9.) One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

10.) The giving of love is an education in itself. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

11.) 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. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

 

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

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes on Human Rights

 

 

14.) Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

15.) Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

 

17.) 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

 

18.) 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 never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

19.) Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

 

21.) It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

22.) I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

23.) What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail? –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

24.) You must do the thing you think you cannot do. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

25.) A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

26.) 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

 

27.) With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

28.) Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

29.) I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes about life

 

30.) I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

31.) If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

32.) It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

33.) Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

34.) Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

35.) Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

36.) 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. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes about Friendship

 

37.) 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

 

38.) You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

39.) To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

40.) If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

41.) Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

42.) With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

43.) Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

44.) 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. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

45.) 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

More Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

 

46.) You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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

 

48.) 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. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

49.) Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

50.) A great deal of fear is a result of just not knowing. We do not know what is involved in a new situation. We do not know whether we can deal with it. The sooner we learn what it entails, the sooner we can dissolve our fear. –  Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the world’s most widely admired and powerful women of her time. She redefined the role of the first lady and impacted a lot of lives with her humanitarian work.

Regarded as one of the most ambitious and outspoken first ladies, she played an active role in public policy and fought for political and social change. She also wrote various books about her life and experiences.

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