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Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.”

Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “I have learned long ago to possess my soul in patience and accept the inevitable.”

I have learned long ago to possess my soul in patience and accept the inevitable.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “No human being can ever “own” another, whether in friendship, love, marriage or parenthood. Many human relationships have been ruined and happiness far too often changed to misery by a failure to understand this.”

No human being can ever “own” another, whether in friendship, love, marriage or parenthood. Many human relationships have been ruined and happiness far too often changed to misery by a failure to understand this.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Anyone who has gone through great suffering is bound to have a greater sympathy and understanding of the problems of mankind.”

Anyone who has gone through great suffering is bound to have a greater sympathy and understanding of the problems of mankind.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.”

The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Some friends leave footprints in your heart.”

Some friends leave footprints in your heart.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Change means the unknown.”

Change means the unknown.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Curiously enough, it is often the people who refuse to assume any responsibility who are apt to be the sharpest critics of those who do.”

Curiously enough, it is often the people who refuse to assume any responsibility who are apt to be the sharpest critics of those who do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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!”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music – that would be rest.”

A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music – that would be rest.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Work is always an antidote to depression.”

Work is always an antidote to depression.

— Eleanor Roosevelt



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The things you refuse to meet today always come back at you later on, usually under circumstances which make the decision twice as difficult as it originally was.”

The things you refuse to meet today always come back at you later on, usually under circumstances which make the decision twice as difficult as it originally was.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “We must be willing to learn the lesson that cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation.”

We must be willing to learn the lesson that cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll have a wonderful time doing it.”

If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll have a wonderful time doing it.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Everybody wants something.”

Everybody wants something.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly.”

In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.”

There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The purpose of life afterall is to live it.”

The purpose of life afterall is to live it.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “We will never have peace without friendship around the world.”

We will never have peace without friendship around the world.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It is curious how much more interest can be evoked by a mixture of gossip, romance and mystery than by facts.”

It is curious how much more interest can be evoked by a mixture of gossip, romance and mystery than by facts.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.”

Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “I once 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.”

I once 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.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Nothing alive can stand still, it goes forward or back. Life is interesting only as long as it is a process of growth; or, to put it another way, we can only grow as long as we are interested.”

Nothing alive can stand still, it goes forward or back. Life is interesting only as long as it is a process of growth; or, to put it another way, we can only grow as long as we are interested.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


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

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “You do the things that need to be done according to priority.”

You do the things that need to be done according to priority.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Most of the work that’s done in the world gets done by people who weren’t feeling all that well at the time that they did it.”

Most of the work that’s done in the world gets done by people who weren’t feeling all that well at the time that they did it.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “You get strength and courage, when you stop to look fear in the face.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them.”

I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong.”

Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “No one from the beginning of time has had security.”

No one from the beginning of time has had security.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “We do not move forward by curtailing people’s liberty because we are afraid of what they may do or say.”

We do not move forward by curtailing people’s liberty because we are afraid of what they may do or say.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it.”

You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.”

The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?”

Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “What I have learned from my own experience is that the most important ingredients in a child’s education are curiosity, interest, imagination, and a sense of the adventure of life.”

What I have learned from my own experience is that the most important ingredients in a child’s education are curiosity, interest, imagination, and a sense of the adventure of life.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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

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