30 Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes to Unleash Your True Courage

Wisdom often comes from those who have lived it. If you’ve been feeling unmotivated lately, these Eleanor Roosevelt quotes will do the trick.

Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States during her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential term from 1933-1945. She was born on October 11, 1884, and married Franklin D. Roosevelt at age 21.

Known for her outspokenness, she substantially remodeled of what First Lady should be all about, having established a solid role in public service herself. Even after her husband’s death in 1945, she continued her work in politics, particularly in human rights with President Harry S. Truman calling her the “First Lady of the World”.

Admired for her courage, compassion, and brilliance, here are 30 Eleanor Roosevelt quotes to spell motivation for you.

We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is exhilarating. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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The giving of love is an education in itself. – Eleanor Roosevelt

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. – Eleanor Roosevelt

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong. – Eleanor Roosevelt

What you don’t do can be a destructive force. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Work is always an antidote to depression. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

I never waste time looking back. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it. – 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

Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt

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You must do the things you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all. – Eleanor Roosevelt

I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life! – Eleanor Roosevelt

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A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world.  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Anger is one letter short of danger. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. – Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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