18 Eleanor Roosevelt Motivational Quotes


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was the wife of President Franklin Roosevelt and 32nd First Lady of The United States. She shared the same last name as her husband. They were fifth cousins once removed. Mrs. Roosevelt was outspoken on many social and humanitarian fronts. She was often ahead of her husband in pushing for social change.

Here are some of her best known and most inspiring quotes.

  1. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

  2. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

  3. What you don’t do can be a destructive force.

  4. You can change your circumstances by changing your attitude.

  5. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

  6. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

  7. 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.

  8. The giving of love is an education in itself.

  9. Understanding is a two-way street.

  10. When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. All of life is constant education.

  15. If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.

  16. A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.

  17. A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

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