Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes
"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."- Eleanor Roosevelt
"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."
-Eleanor Roosevelt - Voice of America broadcast (11 November 1951)
"Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
Preface (December 1960) to The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (1961), p. xix
"A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."
Eleanor Roosevelt - The Wit and Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt (1996), p. 199
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. 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."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt This Is My Story (1937)
"The mobilization of world opinion and methods of negotiation should be developed and used by every nation in order to strengthen the United Nations."
"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."
Eleanor Roosevelt (5 November 1958)
"It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. "
Eleanor Roosevelt My Day (1935 - 1962)
"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. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789 [of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man], the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the U.S., and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries..."
- Eleanor Roosevelt on UNHR
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