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Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes


A social activist, first lady and the wife of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
(1884 - 1962)

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A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
[Simplicity]
 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
[Absence]
 

Actors are one family over the entire world.
[Actors]
 

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

Ann Frank's account of the changes wrought upon eight people hiding out from the Nazis for two years during the occupation of Holland, living in constant fear and isolation, imprisoned not only by the terrible outward circumstances of war but inwardly by themselves, made me intimately and shockingly aware of war's greatest evil--the degradation of the human spirit.
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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 thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
 

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

Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.
 

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.
 

Change means the unknown.
 

Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death.
 

Criticism ... makes very little dent upon me, unless I think there is some real justification and something should be done.
[Criticism]
 

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.
 

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.
 

Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the torture of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before.
[Adversity]
 

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
 

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
[Being]
 

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.
[Friendship]
 

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


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