Eleanor Roosevelt

(1884_1962 / New York City, New York)

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

  • ''I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. author, speaker, and First Lady. As quoted in Eleanor: The Years Alone, ch. 2, by Joseph P. Lash (1972). Said in 1946, the year after the death of her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945).
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  • ''Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. author, speaker, and First Lady. As quoted in Eleanor: The Years Alone, ch. 3, by Joseph P. Lash (1972). From a statement made on February 16, 1946, to the New York Times, on how to deal with the Soviet Union.
  • ''... all big changes in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 27, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). Stated in 1925.
  • ''... any citizen should be willing to give all that he has to give his country in work or sacrifice in times of crisis.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 51, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). Said on January 21, 1941.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''... criticism ... makes very little dent upon me, unless I think there is some real justification and something should be done.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 39, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In a letter to feminist Carrie Chapman Catt dated April 18, 1936. As First Lady (1933-1945), Roosevelt was constantly criticized (as well as admired) for her highly visible, substantive, independent political activities and writings.
  • ''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."
  • ''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 (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, humanitarian. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).

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