Eleanor Roosevelt quote

"Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it. At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this, too, shall pass!'"

Eleanor Roosevelt

Born: October 11, 1884

Die: November 7, 1962

Occupation: Former First Lady of the United States

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It's your life-but only if you make it so.

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Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people.

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To be mature you have to realize what you value most... Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one's own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.

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Love can often be misguided and do as much harm as good, but respect can do only good. It assumes that the other person's stature is as large as one's own, his rights as reasonable, his needs as important.

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It is a brave thing to have courage to be an individual; it is also, perhaps, a lonely thing. But it is better than not being an individual, which is to be nobody at all.

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Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one's world.

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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.

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

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...no matter how avid they themselves may be for praise and appreciation, people are often niggardly in giving it to others, however merited it is.

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...so much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty, and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness,...

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No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.

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

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Never be bored, and you will never be boring.

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If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.

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To me who dreamed so much as a child, who made a dreamworld in which I was the heroine of an unending story, the lives of people around me continued to have a certain storybook quality. I learned something...

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I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them.

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I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.

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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.

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Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?

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If quitting smoking seems hard right now, it is exactly what you should start doing

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If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively.

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The choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

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Make the most of What you have, When you have it, Where you are.

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A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music - that would be rest.

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Anger is one letter short of danger.

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Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.

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

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You always admire what you really don't understand. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being - we can do it.

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Nothing was ever accomplished by anyone who said 'It can't be done.'

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Every woman in public life needs to develop skin as tough as rhinoceros hide,

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Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’

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

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The things you refuse to meet today always come back at you later on, usually under circumstances which make the decision twice as difficult as it originally was.

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We do not move forward by curtailing people's liberty because we are afraid of what they may do or say.

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Smearing good people like Lauchlin Currie [former administrative assistant to President Roosevelt], Alger Hiss and others is, I think, unforgiveable... Anyone knowing Mr. Currie or Mr. Hiss, who are the...

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One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling...

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Franklin's illness...gave him strength and courage he had not had before. He had to think out the fundamentals of living and learn the greatest of all lessons - infinite patience and never ending persistence.

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The greatest gift you can give a child is an imagination.

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The mobilization of world opinion and methods of negotiation should be developed and used by every nation in order to strengthen the United Nations.

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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.

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We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere....

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I consider those are rich who are doing something they feel worthwhile and which they enjoy doing.

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Do something everyday that scares you,

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Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have...

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Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively.

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Each of us has... all the time there is. Those years, weeks, hours, are the sands in the glass running swiftly away. To let them drift through our fingers is tragic waste. To use them to the hilt, making...

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A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.

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

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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...

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Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful...

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We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk.

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You do the things that need to be done according to priority.

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Education is the cornerstone of liberty.

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At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want... for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.

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The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.

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One thing is for sure-none of the arts flourishes on censorship and repression. And by this time it should be evident that the American public is capable of doing its own censoring.

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I think if the people of this country can be reached with the truth, their judgment will be in favor of the many, as against the privileged few

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All big things in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises.

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The constant pressure to bring about conformity is a dangerous thing.

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A trait no other nation seems to possess in quite the same degree as we do namely, a feeling of almost childish injury and resentment unless the world as a whole recognizes how innocent we are of anything...

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Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil.

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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.

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It is curious how much more interest can be evoked by a mixture of gossip, romance and mystery than by facts.

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Feelings, too, are facts. Emotion is a fact. Human experience is a fact. It is often possible to gain more real insight into human beings and their motivation by reading great fiction than by personal...

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In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely, and then act boldly.

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Be flexible, but stick to your principles.

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No one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.

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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...

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

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There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

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On the whole our armed services have been doing pretty well in the way of keeping us defended, but I hope our State Department will remember that it is really the department of achieving peace.

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Friends, you and me... you brought another friend... and then there were three... we started our group... our circle of friends... and like that circle... there is no beginning or end.

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True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and...

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Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.

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The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. Love thy neighbor as thyself.

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The very next thing you need to be doing is the thing that terrifies you the most.

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...conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.

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It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.

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The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.

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You in the unions do not yet represent all of labor. But I hope some day you will, because I believe that it is through strength, through the fact that people who know what people need are working to make...

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I wonder if one of the penalties of growing older is that you become more and more conscious that nothing is very permanent.

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.... The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it....

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The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.

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The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life.

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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.

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Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: nothing has ever been achieved by the person...

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Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it. At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this, too, shall pass!'

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Sailors have the cleanest bodies and the filthiest minds.

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If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can, with whatever means you may have, however meager they may seem, you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears....

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We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.

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I never waste time looking back.

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The most important word in the English language is hope.

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We mast show by our behavior that we believe in equality and justice and that our religion teaches faith and love and charity to our fellow men. Here is where each of us has a job to do that must be done...

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

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

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We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

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A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!

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You must do the things you think you cannot do.

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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 should be curiosity.

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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.

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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...

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

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People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

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It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

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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.

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Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.

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It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

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Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

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Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning...

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The giving of love is an education in itself.

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Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.

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Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.

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

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Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

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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.

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If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

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

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Understanding is a two-way street.

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I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

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When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

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You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself.

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Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.

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The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.

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

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My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.

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I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.

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Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.

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I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!

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What you don't do can be a destructive force.

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I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me 'understand' something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.

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Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.

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

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I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.

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

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There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.

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It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation.

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The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.

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Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.

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

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Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.

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Actors are one family over the entire world.

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What one has to do usually can be done.

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

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

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I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.

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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...

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In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.

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Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which...

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You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.

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Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without...

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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.

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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.

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It is today that we create the world of the future.

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

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There is nothing to regret - either for those who go or for those who are left behind

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

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This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be...

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To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; if he betrays you twice, it is your fault. Great...

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We face the future fortified with the lessons we have learned from the past. It is today that we must create the world of the future.

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We must do that which we think we cannot.

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When you look fear in the face, you are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

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No, I have never wanted to be a man. I have often wanted to be more effective as a woman, but I have never felt that trousers would do the trick!

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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...Withou...

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Change means the unknown.

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About the only value the story of my life may have is to show that one can, even without any particular gifts, overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable if one is willing to face the fact that they must...

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There is a desire for progress in the hearts of all men, and it is the sense of frustration and inability to move forward that brings violent revolution.

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No human being can ever "own" another, whether in friendship, love, marriage or parenthood. Many human relationships have been ruined and happiness far too often changed to misery by a failure to understand...

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Our children should learn the general framework of their government and then they should know where they come in contact with the government, where it touches their daily lives and where their influence...

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We don't become heroes overnight." - One step at a time, eventually discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

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You [future first ladies] will feel that you are no longer clothing yourself, you are dressing a public monument.

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A candle can bring light to a dungeon but it can also be used to light a deadly marijuana cigarette.

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Home-making today should have a background of scientific training because only in this way can real efficiency be achieved. The average girl wants to be able to keep her house with the least possible strain,...

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We must want for others, not ourselves alone.

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I believe that it is essential to our leadership in the world and to the development of true democracy in our country to have no discrimination in our country whatsoever. This is most important in the...

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A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected.

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Our real battlefield today is Asia and our real battle is the one between democracy and communism. . . . We have to prove to the world and particularly to downtrodden areas of the world which are the natural...

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Some friends leave footprints in your heart

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I have cherished the ideal a democratic and free society . . . it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

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I do not want church groups controlling the schools of our country. They must remain free.

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When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

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Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier.

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You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living.

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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 attention to you.

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No one from the beginning of time has had security.

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The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.... In any case, the giving of love is an education in itself.

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It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.

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Furnish an example, stop preaching, stop shielding, don't prevent self-reliance and initiative, allow your children to develop along thier own lines.

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I shall either find a way, or make one (attributed)

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It's your life - but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false,...

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

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All of life is a constant education.

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Life's not about expecting, hoping and wishing. It's about doing, being and becoming. It's about t Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

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When it's better for everyone, it's better for everyone.

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The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe.

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Democracy cannot be static. Whatever is static is dead.

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Nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view. It is as though...

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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 ... Such are the places where every man, woman...

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Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it.

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All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know...

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Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted.

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I have never felt that anything really mattered but knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.

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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.

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Basically we could not have peace, or an atmosphere in which peace could grow, unless we recognized the rights of individual human beings... their importance, their dignity... and agreed that was the basic...

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Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building.

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If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained.

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So I took an interest in politics, but I don't know whether I enjoyed it! It was a wife's duty to be interested in whatever interested her husband, whether it was politics, books, or a particular dish...

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If you have any interests you can gain a wider audience for those interests while the goldfish bowl is yours!

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...real prosperity can only come when everybody prospers.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I wonder if Communists occupied in producing plays are not safer than Communists starving to death. I have always felt that whatever your beliefs might be, if you could earn enough to keep body and soul...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

...without equality there can be no democracy.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Do whatever comes your way to do as well as you can. Think as little as possible about yourself. Think as much as possible about other people. Dwell on things that are interesting. Since you get more joy...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Caring comes from being able to put yourself in the position of the other person.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I carried it (a revolver) religiously and during the summer I asked a friend, a man who had been one of Franklin's bodyguards in New York State, to give me some practice in target shooting so that if the...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The morality of a [political] party must grow out of the conscience and the participation of the voters.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

All the water in the world cannot drown you unless it gets inside of you.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

What I have learned from my own experience is that the most important ingredients in a child's education are curiosity, interest, imagination, and a sense of the adventure of life.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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?

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Eleanor Roosevelt

If human beings can be trained for cruelty and greed and a belief in power which comes through hate and fear and force, certainly we can train equally well for greatness and mercy and the power of love...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Anyone who has gone through great suffering is bound to have a greater sympathy and understanding of the problems of mankind.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

It is a curious thing in human experience, but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person, creates a bond which nothing seems able to break.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness isn't a goal. It's a by-product.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Poor minds talk about people average minds talk about events great minds talk about ideas

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Eleanor Roosevelt

You never know anyone until you marry them.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by doing the thing which you think you cannot do.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Develop a skin as thick as a rhinoceros hide!

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Comparison is the thief of all joy.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Your ambition should be to get as much life out of living as you possibly can, as much enjoyment, as much interest, as much experience, as much understanding. Not simply be what is generally called a 'success.'

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Eleanor Roosevelt

It seems to me that I cannot afford, as a self-respecting individual, to refuse to do a thing merely because it will make me disliked or bring down a storm of criticism on my head.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

No leader can be too far ahead of his followers.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Staying aloof is not a solution, it is a cowardly evasion.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Be confident, not certain

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are like tea bags: put them in hot water and they get stronger.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is exhilarating.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Life was meant to be lived.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Curiosity must be kept alive.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Work is always an antidote to depression.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The motivating force of the theory of a Democratic way of life is still a belief that as individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I believe that all that we go through here must have some value.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone has the right to work, to free choice, to employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protectior against unemployment.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Do one thing every day that scares you.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else … you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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,...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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....

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Success in marriage depends on being able, when you get over being in love, to really love....You never know anyone until you marry them.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do ...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The most unhappy people in the world are those who face the days without knowing what to do with their time. But if you have more projects than you have time for, you are not going to be an unhappy person....

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it. All anyone can do is to point out ways and means which have been helpful to others. Perhaps they will serve as suggestions to stimulate your own thinking...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing alive can stand still, it goes forward or back. Life is interesting only as long as it is a process of growth; or, to put it another way, we can only grow as long as we are interested.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may 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...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Every woman wants to be first to someone sometime in her life and that desire is the explanation for many strange things women do.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

A great deal of fear is a result of just “not knowing.” We do not know what is involved in a new situation. We do not know whether we can deal with it. The sooner we learn what it entails, the sooner...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude

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Eleanor Roosevelt

If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading. It is the ideas stirred in your own...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I learned then that practically no one in the world is entirely bad or entirely good, and that motives are often more important than actions.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are like tea bags.They do not know how strong they are until they get into hot water.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

There are no have-to's, just choices

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Eleanor Roosevelt

If many of our young people have lost the excitement of the early settlers, who had a country to explore and develop, it is because no one remembers to tell them that the world has never been so challenging,...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Mozart, who was buried in a pauper’s grave, was one of the greatest successes we know of, a man who in his early thirties had poured out his inexhaustible gift of music, leaving the world richer because...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are and then make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

After the discovery in 1918 of love letters revealing that Franklin was involved with Lucy Mercer: The bottom dropped out of my own particular world, I faced myself, my surroundings, my world, honestly...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Those of us who believe in the right of any human being to belong to whatever church he sees fit, and to worship God in his own way, cannot be accused of prejudice when we do not want to see public education...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I never thought of achievement. I just did what came along for me to do - the thing that gave me the most pleasure.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must not, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.

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