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Eleanor Roosevelt

  • American lady
  • Born October 11, 1884
  • Died November 7, 1962

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.Roosevelt was a member of the prominent American Roosevelt and Livingston families and a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt.


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

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




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.




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.




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

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




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




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

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




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.




You must do the things you think you cannot do.

You must do the things you think you cannot do.




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.




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




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




I think I lived those years very impersonally. It was almost as though I had erected someone outside myself who was the president's wife. I was lost somewhere deep down inside myself. That is the way I felt and worked until I left the White House.




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.




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




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




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.




With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.




The giving of love is an education in itself.

The giving of love is an education in itself.




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 and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.




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

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




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 prospect.




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.




Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.




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

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




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




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




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




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




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




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

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




One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.




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

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




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




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




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.




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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