Eleanor Roosevelt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old eleanor roosevelt quotes, eleanor roosevelt sayings, and eleanor roosevelt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Believe in yourself. You must do that which you think you cannot.     

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

The giving of love is an education in itself.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

What is to give light must endure the burning.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.     

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway.     

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

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.     

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

Understanding is a two-way street.     

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

A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up ... discovering we have the strength to stare it down.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.     

Eleanor Roosevelt