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Eleanor Roosevelt

1884 – 1962 CE

Longest-serving First Lady in the history of the United States, Eleanor was mentor and guiding influence behind her powerful and famous husband, blending his charisma with her wisdom. Though a terrified introvert, she was the first First Lady to be on talk radio, address a national convention, hold a press conference, write a newspaper column and averaged 150 lectures a year throughout the 50’s. She championed civil rights, women’s rights, helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and became chairperson of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Called the “First Lady of the World” by Harry Truman, she received thirty-five honorary degrees and two of her speeches are on the Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century.


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Land Policy Review, 1942

Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt (20 quotes)

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – you’ll be criticized anyway.”

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Complaint

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“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.”

Chapters: 23. Nothing and Not

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“Be confident, not certain.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Doubt Openness

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

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Old Age Beauty

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“I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don't make up their minds, someone will do it for them.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Education

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“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.”

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

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

Chapters: 35. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Friendship

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

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

Themes: Wisdom Livelihood

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

Chapters: 45. Complete Perfection

Themes: Appreciation

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“Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.”

Chapters: 40. Returning

Themes: Longevity

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

Chapters: 78. Water

Themes: Livelihood

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“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

Themes: Change

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

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

Themes: Conformity

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

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“A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period”

from Land Policy Review, 1942

Themes: Democracy

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“Anger is one letter short of danger.”
Themes: Anger

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“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 advertiser a certain hold over the medium”

Themes: Deception

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

Themes: Confidence

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“The greatest thing he accomplished was to make people all over the world feel that he, and therefore our country, actually was concerned about them and was interested in their problems.”

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Quotes about Eleanor Roosevelt (2 quotes)

“It’s not hard to believe that Eleanor would have been a better president than FDR, Pat better than Richard, Rosalyn better than Jimmy, Nancy better than Ronald, Hillary better than Bill, Michele better than Barack… having such close-up views on the political and decision-making process without the starry-eyed hero-worship so quickly dissipated by marriage, gives First Ladies—like all marriage partners—very personal and rare insights into what not to do.”

Shan Dao 山道 1933 CE –

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“She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.”

Adlai Stevenson 1900 – 1965 CE

Themes: Complaint

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