Top 100+ Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes And Sayings

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes-Eleanor Roosevelt is one of those women who speak with inspiration.

Aside from being the First Lady of the Free World, she was recognized from being outspoken and dedicated to her cause.  She stayed in the White House from 1933 until 1945 with her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

With her stay, she changed the status quo as a working First Lady and became the role model of the next presidents’ wives.  Her devotion and advocacy to human rights and social justice deserves our admiration and exemplification.

Here are some Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes that we can emulate from.

New strength materializes every new day

Mrs. Roosevelt is an optimist.  She believes that courage can appear every new day. Not just strength, but also new ideas and thoughts.

If you think you have failed today then tomorrow is a new day to renew your strength.

Top Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”


“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren’t paying attention to you.”

“Work is always an antidote to depression.”

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

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”

“Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it.”

“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.”

“Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.”

“It is a brave thing to have courage to be an individual; it is also, perhaps, a lonely thing. But it is better than not being an individual, which is to be nobody at all.”

“Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.”

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“Anger is one letter short of danger.”

“The very next thing you need to be doing is the thing that terrifies you the most.”

“Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it. All anyone can do is to point out ways and means which have been helpful to others. Perhaps they will serve as suggestions to stimulate your own thinking until you know what it is that will fulfill you, will help you to find out what you want to do with your life.”

“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!”

“The mind must be trained, rather than the memory.”

“Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world.”

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

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”

“I never waste time looking back.”

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.”

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“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do…”

“Your ambition should be to get as much life out of living as you possibly can, as much enjoyment, as much interest, as much experience, as much understanding. Not simply be what is generally called a ‘success.”

“No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.”

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.”

“The giving of love is an education in itself.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Enjoy every minute you have with those you love, my dear, for no one can take joy that is past away from you. It will be there in your heart to live on when the dark days come.”

“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.”

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”

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“Life is like a parachute jump, you’ve got to get it right the first time.”

“Every time you meet a situation you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before.”

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

“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.”

“Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong.”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

“Courage is exhilarating.”

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

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

“Choose a challenge instead of competence.”

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“All of life is a constant education.”

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

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

“It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.”

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”

“The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

“Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people.”

“If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.”

“When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.”

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

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“Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“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.”

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

“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.”

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

“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.”

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

“My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.”

“It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.”

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“What you don’t do can be a destructive force.”

“When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.”

“What one has to do usually can be done.”

“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.”

“Understanding is a two-way street.”

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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“I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!”

“The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.”

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

“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 his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”

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

“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.”

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”

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

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

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“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.”

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

“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.”

“Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.”

“There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.”

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

“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!”

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”

“It’s your life – but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else . . . you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.”

Inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes.

“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you will be criticized anyway.”


“All of life is a constant education.”

“Be confident, not certain”

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren’t paying any attention to you. It’s your attention to yourself that is so stultifying. But you have to disregard yourself as completely as possible. If you fail the first time then you’ll just have to try harder the second time. After all, there’s no real reason why you should fail. Just stop thinking about yourself.”

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

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ”

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

“There are no have-to’s, just choices”

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude”

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

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

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


“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

Face your fear and you will win strength, courage and confidence.

Fear is our greatest resistance to growth.  It can incapacitate us. Confronting our own fear head on will give us learning from our experiences.

Self-confidence, determination and fortitude are the rewards of conquering our fears.

Believe in your dreams and the future is yours.

Mrs. Roosevelt believes that the future belongs to the dreamers.  You must know your purpose and aspirations in life in order to have a guiding star as you grow.

Invention begins with an idea.  And every idea comes from a single dream.  Attach weight to your desires.  Work on it.  Then the future will become clear.

Doing the things you fear to do gives you self-discipline.

The First Lady was talking about achieving discipline by having the courage to do things even if you think you cannot do it.

In order to be successful, you must do not just the stuffs that you are good at but also the things you do not want to do, but essential.  Do not let the opinions of others make you feel inferior.

You are your own boss, cannot control the opinion of others.  You can only control your own emotions and reactions.  Do not give your consent to others who will only make you feel inferior.

There are more Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes that we can take inspirations from.  These are just a few of them that focus on giving us strength and courage.

Learn the beauty of her life and you will learn the beauty of yours.