Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

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

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader,
a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.

For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

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

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.

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.

True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.

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

Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.

Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.

Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.

Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.

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

Long ago, there was a noble word, liberal, which derives from the word free. Now a strange thing happened to that word. A man named Hitler made it a term of abuse, a matter of suspicion, because those who were not with him were against him, and liberals had no use for Hitler. And then another man named McCarthy cast the same opprobrium on the word. … We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.

I can’t tell you how to succeed, but I can tell you how to fail: Try to please everybody.

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

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart

Most of the work that’s done in the world gets done by people who weren’t feeling all that well at the time that they did it.


Do one thing every day that scares you.

The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.