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Eleanor Roosevelt quotes

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

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.

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.

The giving of love is an education in itself.

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

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.

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.

I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?

Understanding is a two-way street.

Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.

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.