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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: “Obedience may have its uses, but it is no substitute for willing, uncoerced co-operation.”

Obedience may have its uses, but it is no substitute for willing, uncoerced co-operation.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “One should always sleep in all of one’s guest beds, to make sure that they are comfortable.”

One should always sleep in all of one’s guest beds, to make sure that they are comfortable.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.”

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.”

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

— 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: “We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity.”

We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.”

The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.”

If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Because they have so little, children must rely on imagination rather than experience.”

Because they have so little, children must rely on imagination rather than experience.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.”

When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The economy of communism is an economy which grows in an atmosphere of misery and want.”

The economy of communism is an economy which grows in an atmosphere of misery and want.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It seems to me that it is the basic right of any human being to work.”

It seems to me that it is the basic right of any human being to work.

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

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt



Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It is so much easier to be enthusiastic than to reason!”

It is so much easier to be enthusiastic than to reason!

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “There is nothing to fear except fear it’s self.”

There is nothing to fear except fear it’s self.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “To leave the world richer – that is the ultimate success.”

To leave the world richer – that is the ultimate success.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.”

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “I never thought of achievement. I just did what came along for me to do – the thing that gave me the most pleasure.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “How hard it is to project oneself into the future. We are always prone to think of the conditions which are with us today as being permanent conditions.”

How hard it is to project oneself into the future. We are always prone to think of the conditions which are with us today as being permanent conditions.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “People who ‘view with alarm’ never build anything.”

People who ‘view with alarm’ never build anything.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Courage is exhilarating.”

Courage is exhilarating.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Every day do something that frightens you.”

Every day do something that frightens you.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “There are no have-to’s, just choices.”

There are no have-to’s, just choices.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “I think we ought to impress on both our girls and boys that successful marriages require just as much work, just as much intelligence and just as much unselfish devotion, as they give to any position they undertake to fill on a paid basis.”

I think we ought to impress on both our girls and boys that successful marriages require just as much work, just as much intelligence and just as much unselfish devotion, as they give to any position they undertake to fill on a paid basis.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


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

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours – and I think probably gave me many nightmares.”

The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours – and I think probably gave me many nightmares.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Each time you learn something new you must readjust the whole framework of your knowledge.”

Each time you learn something new you must readjust the whole framework of your knowledge.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “There is not human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.”

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “You always admire what you really don’t understand. – Eleanor Roosevelt.”

You always admire what you really don’t understand. – Eleanor Roosevelt.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.”

Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.”

It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “You should always own a black dress because no one ever remembers a black dress.”

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

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “Every age is an unknown country.”

Every age is an unknown country.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “It is not that you set the individual apart from society but that you recognize in any society that the individual must have rights that are guarded.”

It is not that you set the individual apart from society but that you recognize in any society that the individual must have rights that are guarded.

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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

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