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30 Famous Quotes From Eleanor Roosevelt On Leadership

A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

Not only was Eleanor Roosevelt the longest serving first lady, she was one of the most influential. Throughout her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s 4 terms –  and beyond – she worked tirelessly as a political leader and human rights advocate.

In the process, she left behind many powerful quotes that have since made her famous. Below, you will find the ones that continue to inspire us today.

The 30 Best Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Portrait of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American author, diplomat and humanitarian. She was the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as a delegate to the United Nations (1945-1951) and was chairperson of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (1946-1951).

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

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) American author, lecturer, ambassador, social activist and wife of the 32nd President Franklin D Roosevelt. A representative to the United Nations, she is listening through headphones during a conference at the temporary UN headquarters at Lake Success, New York.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin And Eleanor Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and wife Eleanor Roosevelt smiling and waving from an open car returning from inauguration ceremonies, January 20, 1941. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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American humanitarian and social activist Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962), the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was elected President of the United States in 1932.

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

Portrait Of Eleanor Roosevelt

Portrait of American diplomat and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962), early to mid 1940s.

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

 

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If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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American humanitarian and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt (1882 – 1962) making an address at the headquarters of the American Red Cross at Washington DC appealing for donations to a Red Cross War Relief drive.

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

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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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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

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. – Eleanor Roosevelt

50 Years Since The Death Of Eleanor Roosevelt

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It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt

50 Years Since The Death Of Eleanor Roosevelt

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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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Full length portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, circa 1920s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

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

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Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt smiling in Dallas Texas U.S.A., June 5, 1933. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt In New York On June 1939

Eleanor Roosevelt In New York On June 1939

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

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

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

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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

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Eleanor Roosevelt, American humanitarian and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, speaking at a conference. With her are British Labour politician Ellen Wilkinson and Minerva Bernadine.

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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Eleanor Roosevelt giving a speech, October 8,1946. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?

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I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. – Eleanor Roosevelt

50 Years Since The Death Of Eleanor Roosevelt

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It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Boards Plane In Fur Coat

Former American First Lady and diplomat Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) smiles while boarding a plane, wearing a fur coat, early 1950s.

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

Eleanor Roosevelt One The Radio

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) speaks into a CBS radio microphone, Washington DC, October 11, 1944.

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

The Roosevelts At Home

American politician Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and future US President) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) and his wife, future First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) pose with their children at their home, Washington DC, 1916.

Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The Roosevelts Bring Prosperity

Illustrated portrait of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) as they pose, surrounded by vignettes that suggest national prosperity, 1930s.

 

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