33 Life Lessons to Learn from Eleanor Roosevelt

33 Life Lessons to Learn from Eleanor Roosevelt

“The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Here are some of Eleanor Roosevelt’s most inspiring quotes compiled into 33 Life Lessons to Learn from Eleanor Roosevelt.

Enjoy 🙂

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

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

2. Life is a process of becoming.

“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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

3. You grow through experience.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ~ Eleanor Roosevel

4. You have to accept whatever comes your way.

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Each day comes with new strength and new thoughts.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

7. Never turn your back on life.

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

8. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

9. Anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

10. Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”

11. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

12. Great minds discuss ideas. Small minds discuss people.

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

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

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

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

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

15. You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

16. It takes courage to love.

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

18. Friendship with ones self is very important.

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

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

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

20. You should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

“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

21. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

22. If truth and honesty are written across a woman’s face, she will be beautiful.

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

23. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

24. Beautiful old people are works of art.

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. ” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

25. Don’t judge a man’s character by his belief or unbelief, but rather by his character and his deeds.

“I doubt that anyone does not really believe in God. People may think they don’t have any belief, but you will usually find that there is a belief in something beyond himself. In any case, I would not judge a man’s character by his belief or unbelief. I would judge his character by his deeds; and no matter what he said about his beliefs, his behavior would soon show whether he was a man of good character or bad.” ~ ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

26. Don’t worry so much about what others think of you, they seldom do.

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

27. You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s.

“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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

28. The happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age.

“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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

30. When life is too easy for you, you must beware.

“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.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

31. Nature is our best assurance of immortality.

“Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

32. Feeling important complicates your life.

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

33. Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, `It can’t be done.’

“Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, `It can’t be done.’” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Do you have a favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt? If you do, I would love to know what that is. You can share it in the comment section below 🙂

With all my love,


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    When nobody’s watching, I pretend I’m a moon sprite; transcendent, effervescent, ever curious. Yet my birth certificate says I’m a human born in Romania. Oh well.I’m an enthusiastic student of the arts, economics, psychology and spirituality – and I take great pleasure in shining light on life’s hidden truths, the paradoxes that both stare us in the face and hide from us in unison, as they silently shape our every waking moment.I am the author of the successful blog post 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy, which became perhaps the most viral personal growth blog post in history. Over 1.2 MILLION people shared it on Facebook.This lead to a book offer from one of the world’s major publishers and a speaking slot at Mindvalley’s Awesomeness Fest (see video below), where I shared a horrific personal story of trauma and abuse at an early age. And how I coped with these wounds and rather than let them break me – instead used them to propel myself into a new world, a new career and a meaningful and happy life.

      1 Comment

      1. Say Keng Lee

        An excellent roundup! My most favourite: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt!

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