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Eleanor Roosevelt

So I don’t know much about Eleanor Roosevelt- though I’ve been trying to learn more- but some of her quotes are just insanely inspiring.

This was my favourite:

One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

But then I discovered this one:

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

I love that.

Then, of course, there is the classic line which sparked my interest in Roosevelt and, I have to admit, I first really noticed in the most recent Princess Diaries book. (For those who scoff and have not read the books, only seen the crappy Disney movie, you DO NOT know what you are missing).

The classic is, of course:

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Roosevelt was an amazing woman. She was a delegate to the UN. She fought passionately for the rights of women and children. She helped write the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

She held a variety of important political positions. She supported presidential campaigns. She redefined the role of First Lady during her husband’s twelve-year tenure in the White House.

After his death, she continued her work. She believed in the importance of global co-operation.

She was an inspiring woman. Here’s one more quote, to take with you:

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

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