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Quotations From ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

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  • 1.
    As with all children, the feeling that I was useful was perhaps the greatest joy I experienced.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), First Lady of the United States, author, speaker, and diplomat. This Is My Story, ch. 1 (1937).

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  • 2.
    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 (1884-1962), First Lady of the United States, author, speaker, and diplomat. This Is My Story, ch. 18 (1937).
  • 3.
    Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer. "My Day" (April 24, 1945). Syndicated newspaper column.

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  • 4.
    If we fail to meet our problems here, no one else in the world will do so. If we fail, the heart goes out of progressives throughout the world.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. author, speaker, and First Lady. As quoted in Eleanor: The Years Alone, ch. 4, by Joseph P. Lash (1972). In a January 4, 1947, keynote address delivered at the founding meeting of the liberal organization, Americans for Democratic Action.

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  • 5.
    I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. author, speaker, and First Lady. As quoted in Eleanor: The Years Alone, ch. 5, by Joseph P. Lash (1972). In a June 28, 1947, letter to President Harry S. Truman.

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  • 6.
    You always admire what you really don't understand.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer, wife of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Meet the Press, NBC-TV (September 16, 1956).
  • 7.
    We need not fear any isms if our democracy is achieving the ends for which it was established ...
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 48, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In her September 26, 1938, "My Day" column. She was concerned about "the constant battle between those who would have us fear the communists and those who would have us fear the fascists."

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  • 8.
    He did his job to the end as he would want you to do.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 56, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In a cable to her sons on April 12, 1945, the day of the death of her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882- 1945).
  • 9.
    My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 23, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In a letter to Pauline Emmet, dated January 11, 1939.

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  • 10.
    Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 51, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In a January 21, 1941, speech at the National Conference on the Cause and Cure of War.

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