11 Inspiring Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt

Soaring Spirit by Collin Bogle
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I try my best every morning to shape my day with an hour of inspiration while I enjoy a coffee or two. This bright slice of my day only begins after the dogs have been out, the cats fed and litter boxes cleaned, so when I do sit down to read, I’m ready to relax and soak up some good thoughts that help me cope with the day. Today I visited WikiQuote online and read quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt’s (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) books “This is My Story” (1937) which was the initial edition of her autobiography, “You Learn by Living” (1960), “The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt” and other books that quoted her, as noted, and her newspaper column, ” My Day” which ran from 1935 to 1962.

The following excerpts/quotes, no matter how often read, have the power to inspire and motivate:

  1. “One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. … All you need to do is to be curious, receptive, eager for experience. And there’s one strange thing: when you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”
  2. “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.”
  3. “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, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”
  4. “Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively.”
  5. “To me who dreamed so much as a child, who made a dreamworld in which I was the heroine of an unending story, the lives of people around me continued to have a certain storybook quality. I learned something which has stood me in good stead many times — the most important thing in any relationship is not what you get, but what you give.”
  6. “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
  7. “I think I have a good deal of my Uncle Theodore in me, because I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on.” as quoted in “The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America” (2002) by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn
  8. “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” as quoted in “The Years Alone” (1972) by Joseph P. Lash
  9. “You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.” as quoted in “Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena” (1998) by Varla Ventura
  10. “One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short.”
  11. “I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.”

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