Eleanor Roosevelt’s Wisdom……


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Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong and independent woman who shared many tidbits of wisdom.  Her challenges as a young child made her a stalwart in her lifetime.  I have been looking at some of the words of wisdom that she said during her lifetime.  The 3 quotes listed below are a few of my favorites.

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.

“….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…..”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”    –from This Is My Story, 1937

Born in New York City on October 11, 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt—the niece of Theodore Roosevelt—was one of the most outspoken women in the White House. She married Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905. During her husband’s presidency, Eleanor gave press conferences and wrote a newspaper column. After his death, she served at the United Nations, focusing on human rights and women’s issue

Early Life

First lady, writer and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt was born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on October 11, 1884, in New York City. The niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor was known as a shy child, and experienced tremendous loss at a young age: Her mother died in 1892 and her father died two years later, when she was just 10 years old. Eleanor was sent to school in England when she was a teenager—an experience that helped draw her out of her shell.

In 1905, Eleanor married her distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who would later become president of the United States. The couple had six children: Anna, James, Franklin (who died as an infant), Elliott, Franklin Jr. and John. Despite her busy home life, Eleanor became active in public service during World War I, working for the American Red Cross.

Quick Facts

Eleanor Roosevelt
Diplomat, U.S. First Lady
Birth Date
October 11, 1884
Death Date
November 7, 1962
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Place of Death
New York, New York
Eleanor Roosevelt
“Little Nell”
Full Name
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt




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