Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.

The motivating force of the theory of a Democratic way of life is still a belief that as individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live, and that our own success, to be real, must contribute to the success of others.

The economy of communism is an economy which grows in an atmosphere of misery and want.

People say that Christmas today is too commercialized. If you spend money to give people joy, you are not being commercial. It is only when you feel obliged to do something about Christmas that the spirit is spoiled.

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. 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 responsibility.

Nearly all great civilizations that perished did so because they had crystallized, because they were incapable of adapting themselves to new conditions, new methods, new points of view. It is as though people would rather die than change.

We are afraid to care too much… because we fear the other person does not care at all.

Life has got to be lived – that’s all there is to it. At 70, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that ‘this, too, shall pass!’

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

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