- The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day: Her Acclaimed Columns 1936–1945 (1989)
- Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
You Learn by Living (1961) ch. 6
- Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.
to Harry Truman
, who became President on the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt
in conversation, 12 April 1945
- I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
letter to Harry Truman, 22 March 1948
- Where after all, do human rights begin? In small places, close to home.
address to United Nations General Assembly, Paris, 10 December 1948
- When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
letter to Mr Horne, 19 February 1960; Joseph P. Lash Eleanor: The Years Alone (1973)
- No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
in Catholic Digest August 1960