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Quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt who died November 7, 1962

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."

"If someone betrays you once, it's their fault; if they betray you twice, it's your fault."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

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

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.

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

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

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

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

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.

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.

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

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

"...at any age it does us no harm to look over our past shortcomings and plan to improve our characters and actions in the coming year."

You always admire what you really don't understand.

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.

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.



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