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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: “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: “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: “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: “It is a curious thing in human experience, but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person, creates a bond which nothing seems able to break.”

It is a curious thing in human experience, but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person, creates a bond which nothing seems able to break.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.”

The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it.”

If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being – we can do it.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.”

No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “When it’s better for everyone, it’s better for everyone.”

When it’s better for everyone, it’s better for everyone.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The word communist, of course, has become a rallying cry for certain people here just as the word Jew was in Hitler’s Germany, a way of arousing emotion without engendering thought.”

The word communist, of course, has become a rallying cry for certain people here just as the word Jew was in Hitler’s Germany, a way of arousing emotion without engendering thought.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.”

This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.”

My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.”

It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Beautiful old people are works of art.”

Beautiful old people are works of art.

— Eleanor Roosevelt



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “So, after all, we are but puppets, creatures of our fate, not commanding it but being molded by it.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.”

All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.”

In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


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

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The motivating force of the theory of a Democratic way of life is still a belief that as individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live...”

The motivating force of the theory of a Democratic way of life is still a belief that as individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live...

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without being related to you and repeatedly questioning why you’re in nonprofit.”

Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without being related to you and repeatedly questioning why you’re in nonprofit.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Furnish an example, stop preaching, stop shielding, don’t prevent self-reliance and initiative, allow your children to develop along thier own lines.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “No one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”

No one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “A candle can bring light to a dungeon but it can also be used to light a deadly marijuana cigarette.”

A candle can bring light to a dungeon but it can also be used to light a deadly marijuana cigarette.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive.”

Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The constant pressure to bring about conformity is a dangerous thing.”

The constant pressure to bring about conformity is a dangerous thing.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father.”

The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The very next thing you need to be doing is the thing that terrifies you the most.”

The very next thing you need to be doing is the thing that terrifies you the most.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Choose a challenge instead of competence.”

Choose a challenge instead of competence.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It seems to me that I cannot afford, as a self-respecting individual, to refuse to do a thing merely because it will make me disliked or bring down a storm of criticism on my head.”

It seems to me that I cannot afford, as a self-respecting individual, to refuse to do a thing merely because it will make me disliked or bring down a storm of criticism on my head.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living.”

You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government...”

The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government...

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe.”

The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained.”

If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.”

To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “There is a desire for progress in the hearts of all men, and it is the sense of frustration and inability to move forward that brings violent revolution.”

There is a desire for progress in the hearts of all men, and it is the sense of frustration and inability to move forward that brings violent revolution.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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