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March 28 , 2010

Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt


Born to one of the wealthiest families in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a sedate and comfortable life. Instead, she fell in love with her fifth cousin and was flung into the highest levels of American politics, culminating in Franklin's unprecedented four-term presidency. Before her, no first lady had ever held a press conference or written a syndicated column. Eleanor spoke at national conventions and often made appearances on her husband's behalf. Her own influence lasted years beyond his death. She advocated for human rights, worked with the United Nations, and supported what later became the civil rights movement.

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The fascinating quotes in this collection are the words of an articulate, honest, and thoughtful woman. Of war, she said, "I hope the day will come when all that inventing and mechanical genius will be used for other purposes." In her column for Ladies' Home Journal, she wrote, "Freedom from want means being sure that if you want to work, you can get a job and that job will pay you sufficient to give you and your family a decent standard of living."

Organized by topic – government, money, art, education, class, relationships, emotions – these quotations reveal the personal thoughts Roosevelt shared in letters and conversations alongside the strong opinions she expressed in speeches and interviews, giving evidence to her character and her beliefs. Her words continue to resonate today.

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