Eleanor Roosevelt

(1884_1962 / New York City, New York)

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer. "My Day" (April 24, 1945). Syndicated newspaper column.
  • ''You will feel that you are no longer clothing yourself, you are dressing a public monument.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer, first lady. New York Herald Tribune (Oct. 27, 1960). Warning to wives of future presidents.
  • ''No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer, wife of Franklin Roosevelt. quoted in Catholic Digest (St. Paul, Minnesota, Oct. 1960). Warning to wives of future presidents.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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 would be curiosity.''
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer. Today's Health (Chicago, Oct. 2, 1966).
  • ''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.
  • ''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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