Eleanor Roosevelt love quotes and Sayings
2. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
#3 My Day
3. It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. (1 April 1939)
4. One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short. (5 February 1943)
Sayings by Eleanor Roosevelt
1. Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
2. 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.
3. 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.”
4. 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.
5. Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
6. We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
7. 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.
8. I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
9. If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
10. 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.
11. It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
12. It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
#13 Voice of America broadcast, 11 November 1951
13. 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.
14. A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
15. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
16. Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
17. 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.
18. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
19. 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.
20. 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.
#21-22 You Learn by Living (1960)You Learn by Living, 1960, p. 29–30
21. 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.”
22. 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.
23. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
24. 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.
25. A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.
26. 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.
27. As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
28. Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
29. I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
30. I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
31. Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
#32 Preface (December 1960) to The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (1961), p. xix
32. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
33. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
34. 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.
35. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.
36. 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.
37. 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 destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.
#38 Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena (1998) by Varla Ventura, p. 150
38. You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.