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  Anger is one letter away from danger.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Work is always an antidote to depression.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A good woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.   
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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 dont.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Well behaved women rarely make history.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  It takes courage to love but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Learn from the mistakes of others. You cant live long enough to make them all yourself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  If someone betrays you, it is their fault. If they betray you twice; it is your fault.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You always admire what you really dont understand.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  All big changes in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Women are like teabags: you never know how strong they are until they're put in hot water.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present'.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

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

  Do one thing everyday that scares you.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  Happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product of a life well lived.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  One thing life 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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' Christ, some of the great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it. What is the trouble between capital and labor, what is the trouble in many of our communities, but rather a universal forgetting that this teaching is one of our first obligations.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The giving of love is an education in itself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  A woman will always have to be better than a man in any job she undertakes.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Courage is exhilarating.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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 all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  What is to give light must endure the burning.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Never allow a person to tell you NO who doesnt have the power to say YES.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  All big changes in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together, and if we are to live together we have to talk.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Courage is exhilarating.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Do one thing everyday that scares you.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?   
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  I was flattered to have a rose named after me until I read the description in the catalogue: No good in a bed, but perfect up against a wall.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Happiness is not a goal. It's a by-product of a life well lived.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  One thing life 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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  It takes courage to love but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The giving of love is an education in itself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' Christ, some of the great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it. What is the trouble between capital and labor, what is the trouble in many of our communities, but rather a universal forgetting that this teaching is one of our first obligations.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' Christ, some of the great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it. What is the trouble between capital and labor, what is the trouble in many of our communities, but rather a universal forgetting that this teaching is one of our first obligations.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Do one thing every day that scares you.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Women are like teabags: you never know how strong they are until they're put in hot water.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Well behaved women rarely make history.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A woman will always have to be better than a man in any job she undertakes.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Work is always an antidote to depression.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.   
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  It takes courage to love but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  If someone betrays you, it's their fault. If they betray you twice; it's your fault.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by 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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours - and I think probably gave me many nightmares.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

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

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.'  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Understanding is a two-way street.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt