Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

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

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.

When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it.

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.

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

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

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.

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.

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

Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

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

Life is like a parachute jump, you’ve got to get it right the first time.

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.

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

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.

You will be amused that when Mr. Dulles said goodbye to me this morning he said ‘I feel I must tell you that when you were appointed I thought it terrible & now I think your work here has been fine!’ So – against the odds the women inch forward, but I’m rather old to be carrying on the fight . . . .

No leader can be too far ahead of his followers.

Courage is exhilarating.

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.

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.

You must do the things you think you cannot do.

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.