Inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes
Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt ( October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband’s policies. Following her husband’s death, Eleanor remained active in politics for the rest of her life. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became one of its first delegates. In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. After discovering her husbands affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, Eleanor resolved to seek fulfillment in a public life of her own.

In April 1946, she became the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and she also served as the first United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The United Nations posthumously awarded her one of its first Human Rights Prizes in 1968 in recognition of her work.

Below is a collection of Inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt quotes, which is very motivating and full of knowledge and wisdom.

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Eleanor Roosevelt quotes
Eleanor Roosevelt quotes

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“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.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Work is always an antidote to depression.”

“Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.”

“All of life is a constant education.”

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

“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.”

“What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now.”

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

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“My greatest fear has always been that I would be afraid – afraid physically or mentally or morally and allow myself to be influenced by fear instead of by my honest convictions.”

“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.”

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

“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.”

“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.”

“You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.”

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ”

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.”

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”

“No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.”

“My firm conviction [is] that it is the force of ideas rather than the impact of material things that made us a great nation. It is my conviction, too, that only the power of ideas, of enduring values, can keep us a great nation. For where there is not vision the people perish.”

“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.”

“Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”

“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.”

“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.”

10 Comments


  1. This is an wonderful post. 🙂 I love reading about inspirational women!!!

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  2. I was not aware that she served as the chairperson for human rights for the UN. Great piece!

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  3. So happy to see some of my favorite (often overlooked) quotes included here! Thanks for an inspirational read to wrap up my day 🙂

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  4. Great. I am inspired to read more about Eleanor Roosevelt now. And I love the quotes.

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