The Beauty of Our Dreams | Famous Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes
Eleanor Roosevelt set the standard of American First Ladies being involved in social issues, even remaining in politics and human rights long after Theodore Roosevelt’s death.
Below we have featured Mrs. Roosevelt’s most famous quotes, which will illustrate how she became renowned as one of the wisest and most inspirational women in modern history.
- You must do the things you think you cannot do.
- You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.
- Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
- 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.
- Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
- When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
- We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
- The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- 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 done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.
- 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.
- Do one thing every day that scares you.
- Enjoy every minute you have with those you love, my dear, for no one can take joy that is past away from you. It will be there in your heart to live on when the dark days come.
- If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.
- No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.
- The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.
- The giving of love is an education in itself.
- With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.
- 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, what is important and what is trivial. 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.
- It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
- 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.
- Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.
- Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
- 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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.
- 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.
- What you don’t do can be a destructive force.
- What one has to do usually can be done.
- Understanding is a two-way street.
- 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.
- Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world.
- I never waste time looking back.
- I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.
- 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.
- The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
- It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
- It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
- I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
- I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
- 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.
- 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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- Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
- Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- 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.
- Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
- 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. Work is always an antidote to depression.
- Anger is one letter short of danger.
- Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.
- 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.
- Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.
- Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
- The very next thing you need to be doing is the thing that terrifies you the most.
background photo by eberhard grossgasteiger
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