A curated list of inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt quotes for your enjoyment.

Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century who left a lasting legacy through her humanitarian accomplishments as a diplomat, reformer, thinker and writer. Her personal life also reflects a singular triumph of self-realization in the face of formidable emotional and societal obstacles. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


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

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt


For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt


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. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


You get strength and courage, when you stop to look fear in the face. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“You get strength and courage, when you stop to look fear in the face.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


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

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt


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. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt


A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


All big things in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“All big things in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


There is in every country an antipathy to the foreigner. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is in every country an antipathy to the foreigner.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


The only joy in this hard life is serving others. - Eleanor Roosevelt

“The only joy in this hard life is serving others.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


There are no have-to's, just choices - Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are no have-to’s, just choices”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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