Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
Quotations


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, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.

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

Everybody wants something.

Get out of the way as quickly as you're not needed.

I believe that it is a great mistake not to stand up for people, even when you differ with them, if you feel that they are trying to do things that will help our country.

I have a great objection to seeing anyone, particularly anyone whom I care about, lose his self-control.

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

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.

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.

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

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

It is not that you set the individual apart from society but that you recognize in any society that the individual must have rights that are guarded.

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 advertisers a certain hold over the medium they use.

It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.

We need our heroes.

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

You always admire what you really don't understand.

You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

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 thing you think you cannot do.



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