Sure, Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest-serving first lady (thanks to husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office), but she was so much more than just the wife of the 32nd president of the United States.
A politician, diplomat, and activist, President Truman once called Eleanor the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.
She was outspoken on political and cultural issues (particularly civil and women's rights), even publicly disagreeing with some of her husband's policies.
When she died in 1962, she was regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world" and her New York Times obituary stated she was "the object of almost universal respect." She also ranks #9 on Gallup's list of Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.
A very happy 131st birthday to you, Eleanor. May these 17 quotes from Eleanor inspire and embolden you today.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
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."
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.