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A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
– 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.
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
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.
Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
What you don’t do can be a destructive force.
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.’
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
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.
If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
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 should be curiosity.
Understanding is a two-way street.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.