Ten Inspiring Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

Ten Inspiring Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

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While little may be known about her achievements today, Eleanor Roosevelt led an amazing and impactful life. Born into an influential family, she was niece to President Theodore Roosevelt and wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, interestingly, she was impactful not just because of her family ties. At a time when it was controversial for women to be outspoken or even in politics, she led the US delegation at the United Nations. In addition, she oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is an internationally accepted document still in use today that established the rights and freedoms of all human beings. In our post today, we would like to share some inspiring quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt to spur you on. If she could accomplish so much in such difficult times and towards the end of her life, you can also. We hope her quotes inspire you deeply today.

Born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on 11 October 1884, she married her fifth cousin, once removed in 1905. After her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, she decided to enter public life. For example, she made public appearances for her husband, first as Governor of New York and then as First Lady. Also, she spoke out against civil rights violations, had a daily news column, a monthly magazine column, weekly radio show and held regular press conferences as First Lady.

In the next section, we will share five interesting facts about Eleanor Roosevelt. However, before we do that, here are some related posts you might equally enjoy:

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Five interesting Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt

Here are five interesting facts about Eleanor Roosevelt you may not know:

  1. Eleanor was President Theodore Roosevelt’s niece. Interestingly, President Theodore Roosevelt was also Uncle to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who later became President.
  2. She married her fifth cousin, once removed, Franklin D. Roosevelt with whom she had six children.
  3. She is the longest serving First Lady of the United States because during World War II, her husband served as President for twelve years.
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt served as the first Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights. During this time, she oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was a difficult job that required diplomatic tact and contributions from all 58 UN Member States at the time. Today, the document is still considered “groundbreaking” and the “first instrument of international law”.
  5. Eleanor stayed in Politics after her husband died. In fact, her most important contributions were made in her later years. In 1999, on Gallup’s list of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century, she was ranked ninth.

We will share ten of the best quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt in the next section. 

Ten Inspiring Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

Here are ten inspiring quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us.

  1. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along”.  You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
  2. I believe 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, “It can’t be done”.
  5. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
  9. Never allow a person to tell you no, who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
  10. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Which of these inspiring quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt did you like best? We particularly loved the fifth quote about how nobody becomes a hero overnight. Instead, it’s a step at a time, meeting each task and realizing we can overcome it. Feel free to leave us your comments on which ones you loved. As always, we would love to hear from you.

Today’s Funny Quote


Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Steve Martin

As is our custom, we end this post with a funny quote. Our funny quote for today is by Steve Martin, the Actor and Comedian:

Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes…That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes.

Do you agree? What are your thoughts on Steve Martin’s funny quote? Let us know in the comments below.

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