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Thoughts by Eleanor Roosevelt

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It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt PHOTO

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt PHOTO

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right.
You'll be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The giving of love is an education in itself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are like teabags.
We don't know our true strength
until we are in hot water!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What is to give light must endure the burning.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- 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

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

What one has to do usually can be done.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not more vacation we need -
it is more vocation.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Understanding is a two-way street.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing,
but it means that you do the things that
need to be done according to priority.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Friendship with one's self is all important,
because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper
is that your guests are so pleased
to feel how very much better they are.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which I must stop and look fear in the face.
I say to myself, I've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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 should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We are afraid to care too much, for fear
that the other person does not care at all.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If life were predictable
it would cease to be life,
and be without flavor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

The smallest seed of faith is better than
the largest fruit of happiness.
- Henry David Thoreau

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Kindness is better than piety.
- Yiddish Proverb

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
A little more each day, a little better each day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

With realization of one's own potential and
self-confidence in one's ability,
one can build a better world.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority
has made the world better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter


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