Eleanor Roosevelt, fully Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Roosevelt, fully Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

American Social Activist, Humanitarian, Columnist, Lecturer and First Lady of the United States, wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, the farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

Understanding is a two-way street.

The purpose of life is to live it.

Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it. At seventy, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this too, shall pass!'

If you can give your children a trust in God they will have one sure way of meeting all the uncertainties of existence.

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

I have always been willing to make an explanation, but never an excuse, for doing anything I considered proper.

Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.

A society in which everyone works is not necessarily a free society and may indeed be a slave society; on the other hand, a society in which there is widespread insecurity can turn freedom into a barren and vapid right for millions of people.

What you don't do can be a destructive force.

The giving of love is an education in itself.

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

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

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

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.

Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

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

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.

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

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American Social Activist, Humanitarian, Columnist, Lecturer and First Lady of the United States, wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt