You always admire what you really don't understand.Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt, Meet the Press, 16 September 1956.
Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.Eleanor RooseveltPreface (December 1960) to The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt (1961), p. xix
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.Eleanor RooseveltThe New York Times (1960), as cited in The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women (1992) by Rosalie Maggio, p. 156
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 would be curiosity.Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in Todays Health (October 1966)
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in Eleanor : The Years Alone (1972) by Joseph P. Lash
I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in Peter's Quotations : Ideas for Our Time (1972) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 5
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women (1992) by Rosalie Maggio, p. 130
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in "On The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" by Hillary Rodham Clinton in Issues of Democracy Vol. 3, No. 3 (October 1998), p. 11
You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena (1998) by Varla Ventura, p. 150
I think I have a good deal of my Uncle Theodore in me, because I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on.Eleanor RooseveltAs quoted in The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America (2002) by James MacGregor Burns ad Susan Dunn, p. 563
Human resources are the most valuable assets the world has. They are all needed desperately.Eleanor Rooseveltp. 71 (Tomorrow Is Now (1963))
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