Wednesday, May 9

Your Daily Dose of Eleanor Roosevelt.

I have a crazy friend who, in college, used to walk around campus complaining that the late Eleanor Roosevelt was beaming waves into his brain. We all need a friend like that.

Here's some quotes from her that have been beaming into my brain today. I think they're great blog quotes, too:

Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!

As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.

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.

For 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.

I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.

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

When all is said and done, and statesmen discuss the future of the world, the fact remains that people fight these wars.

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.'

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.

You must do the things you think you cannot do.


  1. Yeah. And who do we get to lead us today from the left side of the room? Sen. Clinton? That's the BEST we can do? Sheesh.

  2. The first one? the one with the teabag?

    I was downtown at a card shop, looking for a properly decorated card to put that one on and send to a friend who's having an awful-hard time and needs a reminder of her immense, beautiful power. I'll just send her a link to your blogpost... ...and maybe a postcard.

  3. "I have a crazy friend who, in college, used to walk around campus complaining that the late Eleanor Roosevelt was beaming waves into his brain."

    So I'm not the only person with a brain that Eleanor Roosevelt beams waves to?!?!? That is such a relief!

    Of course the brain I am speaking of is at my desk...

    In a jar of formaldehyde. ;o)

  4. Anonymous10:34 PM

    ...And, most impressively, these thoughts seemed as likely as not to come out of her on the spur of the moment, unscripted by some paid speech writer. I'm with QD on this one... how far we've fallen from true leadership!

  5. e.r. was smeared for years by opponents.

    she still is. some people still can't handle a smart, capable woman.

    we have no one, male or female on either side to equal her.

    at least, not that i have seen yet.

  6. My favorite ER quote has always been, "Do you have change for a dollar?"

    No, it has nothing to do with wisdom, or the universality of human rights. It's from a newsreel in which she presided over the opening of a new post office and wanted to buy a stamp. I just love the way she said it, all Margaret Dumont-y.

    And if anyone's wondering, I am not the crazy friend from college. Well.... I'm not that particular crazy friend from college.

  7. qwerty I'm actually astonished that that particular crazy friend from college isn't blogging. He'd be a natural.


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