32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World

Trista - February 25, 2019

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt and others fighting for women’s rights. Cornell University.

9. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor told Murphy that she would go to the press, but he didn’t believe her until an article appeared in The New York Times. Eleanor said, “Women must gain the respect of men. We will be enormously strengthened if we can show that we are willing to fight to the very last ditch for what we believe in.” The strategy worked, and Murphy caved in.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
FDR in a wheelchair, with Fala and Ruthie Bie, the daughter of caretakers at his Hyde Park estate. Photo taken by his cousin Margaret Suckley in February 1941. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain.

8. “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

FDR went on to be elected governor of New York City in 1928 and then president in 1932. Of their partnership, Eleanor said, “Franklin and I had a desire to see improvement for people. I knew about social conditions perhaps more than he did, but he knew more about government and how you could use government to improve certain things, and I think we began to come to a certain understanding of teamwork.”

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
March of Dimes founder FDR in 1938. Celebrating 75 years of healthier babies with his wife, Eleanor. PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes/ Rhppi.org.

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

Though the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were ready to improve the lives of people. FDR pushed his New Deal to help end the depression, and Eleanor wrote a newspaper column called “My Day” while visiting schools, churches, factories, and other organizations all across the country.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt, George T. Bye (her literary agent, upper right), Deems Taylor (upper left), Westbrook Pegler (lower left), Quaker Lake, Pawling, New York (home of Lowell Thomas), 1938.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain.

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

Eleanor was mainly dedicated to helping young people. Of them, she said, “For the young, the situation is extremely difficult. Special privileges are offered them on every side. If they do not accept, they are considered ungracious and unappreciative. If they do accept, they are accused of being selfish, arrogant and greedy and of thinking themselves important and above other people — in fact, of having all the disagreeable traits that we almost dislike in the young.”

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor speaking on national radio. The Odyssey Online.

5. “I believe 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.”

She and her husband helped found the National Youth Administration to help young people take advantage of the opportunities that they were given. In addition to concern for youth, she was particularly concerned about the rights of minorities, especially African Americans. No longer the shy and timid girl who strove to earn acceptance, Eleanor was a powerhouse who was able to draw on her strength.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt visiting troops in Galapagos Island. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain.

4. “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.”

America stood on the brink of World War II; a war fought against possibly the most racist regimes in history – Nazi Germany and imperial Japan – when racial tensions at home in America were also reaching a fever pitch. Eleanor used her position as the first lady as a platform to denounce racism, notably by defending the African-American singer Marion Anderson.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt with Marion Anderson in 1939. PBS.

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

Because Marion Anderson was black, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to sing at Constitution Hall. Eleanor was a member of the DAR, but she renounced her membership and then arranged for Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of 75,000 people. At the time, not unlike today, people felt that her moves flew in the face of American values.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Marion Anderson sings in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The New Yorker.

2. “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.”

FDR died in 1945, but Eleanor’s political career didn’t end until her death. The year after he died, she served on the nascent United Nations Commission on Human Rights as the very first chairperson; she went on to serve on the United Nations General Assembly until her death in 1962.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt. Biography.

1. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962. Before her death, President Harry Truman called her “First Lady to the World” for how she championed human rights, both at home and abroad. In 1968, she was posthumously given the Human Rights Prize to commemorate her dedication to those less fortunate than herself. Despite all of the challenges and setbacks she faced early on in life, she became an ultimate force for good.

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

“Eleanor Roosevelt.” Wikipedia.

“Finding her voice: Why Eleanor Roosevelt is our favorite wallflower”, by Leslie Gonzalez. History 101. August 29, 2018.

“Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes.” Brainy Quote.

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