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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
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.
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.
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.
The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.
What one has to do usually can be done.
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.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
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.
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
The giving of love is an education in itself.
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.
I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!