Significant Words

There have been great women throughout time that I would  so dearly have cherished spending time with. What great mentors these women would have been to someone like myself who grew up without a good mentor.   Having only completed the eighth grade it became my responsibility to educate myself as best I could. I'm painfully reminded of the fact that I lack a formal education.       I married into a family of highly educated professionals, each one simmering in his and her own bragging rights. 

Some of the words spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt have made a significant contribution to my own awareness and personal growth.   It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know."

Here are some other quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt: 

 You Learn by Living (1960)

  • "One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In stopping to think through the meaning of what I have learned, there is much that I believe intensely, much I am unsure of. 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."

 ~ "Example is the best lesson there is."

~  "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."

~  "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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

~ "Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively."

~ "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."

~ "Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little."

~ "One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short."

~ "At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want — for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war."

~ "Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth."

~ "I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could."

~ "If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people."

~ "If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively. For people to have more time to read, to take part in their civic obligations, to know more about how their government functions and who their officials are might mean in a democracy a great improvement in the democratic processes. Let's begin, then, to think how we can prepare old and young for these new opportunities. Let's not wait until they come upon us suddenly and we have a crisis that we will be ill prepared to meet."

 ~ "As long as we are not actually destroyed, we can work to gain greater understanding of other peoples and to try to present to the peoples of the world the values of our own beliefs. We can do this by demonstrating our conviction that human life is worth preserving and that we are willing to help others to enjoy benefits of our civilization just as we have enjoyed it."

~ "We face the future fortified with the lessons we have learned from the past. It is today that we must create the world of the future. Spinoza, I think, pointed out that we ourselves can make experience valuable when, by imagination and reason, we turn it into foresight."

~Quote About Roosevelt:

"I have lost more than a beloved friend. I have lost an inspiration. She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world."

  • Adlai Stevenson, in a eulogy in the United Nations General Assembly (7 November 1962) adapting a statement that is the motto of the The Christophers, derived from a Chinese proverb (which has sometimes been attributed to Confucius)
Tayer09 Tayer09
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1 Response Mar 8, 2009

Thank you for this story, I find it very helpful to me :)