Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband’s death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition. She was a suffragist who worked to enhance the status of working women, although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women. In the 1940s, she was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and supported the formation of the United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt founded the UN Association of the United States in 1943 to advance support for the formation of the UN. She was a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 and 1952, a job for which she was appointed by President Harry S. Truman and confirmed by the United States Congress. During her time at the United Nations chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. President Truman called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.
She was one of the most admired persons of the 20th century, according to Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People.
1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
2. A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.
3. Do one thing every day that scares you.
4. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
5. 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.
6. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
7. 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.
8. It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.
9. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart
10. No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.
11. We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
12. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
13. You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude
14. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
15. If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.
16. 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.
17. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
18. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.
19. Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.
20. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
21. Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
22. It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
23. You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
24. What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?
25. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
26. A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
27. Once I 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.
28. Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
29. Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
30. Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
31. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
32. When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
33. I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
34. Work is always an antidote to depression.
35. 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.
36. I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do
37. Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.
38. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
39. I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
40. It’s your life-but only if you make it so.
41. Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
42. One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility
43. A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.
44. 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.
45. Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren’t paying any attention to you. It’s your attention to yourself that is so stultifying. But you have to disregard yourself as completely as possible. If you fail the first time then you’ll just have to try harder the second time. After all, there’s no real reason why you should fail. Just stop thinking about yourself.
46. 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 his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
47. 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.
48. The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
49. When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
50. Courage is exhilarating.
51. Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?
52. Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
53. It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
54. There is not human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.
55. All of life is a constant education.
56. Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
57. Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.
58. 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.
59. 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.
60. It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.