Eleanor Roosevelt

(Anna Eleanor Roosevelt)

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Born: October 11, 1884
  • Died: November 7, 1962
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: First Lady

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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

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Anonymous Eleanor Start Packing. The Willkies Are Coming.
Anonymous We Don’t Want Eleanor Either
Adlai Stevenson What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of so many? She walked in the slums and ghettos of the world, not on a tour of inspection, but as one who could not feel contentment when others were hungry
Anonymous First Lady of the 20th Century First Lady of the Free World
Anonymous She ain't stuck up, she ain't dressed up, and she ain't afeared to talk.
Richard Brookhiser Eleanor Roosevelt’s maiden name was Roosevelt. She didn’t have to change her name when she married Franklin.
Raymond Clapper … the most influential woman of her time
Martha Gellhorn She was a genius at listening.
Lady Bird Johnson I did not have Eleanor Roosevelt’s courage, her energy, her determination … Mrs. Roosevelt just didn’t pay attention to all the snide things that were said about her. I respect that but I could not be like that.
Lady Bird Johnson In this country we are entitled to many viewpoints. You are entitled to yours, But right now I am entitled to mine.
Maori Queen of the Great Democracy
Jacqueline Kennedy I’m not going to go down in coal mines like Mrs. Roosevelt.
Harold L. Ickes In this great auditorium under the sky all of us are free. When God gave us this wonderful outdoors …, He made no distinction of race, or creed, or color.
Harold L. Ickes If Eleanor Roosevelt has her way, how are we going to tell the rich from the poor?
Theodore G. Bilbo Mrs. Roosevelt has gone so far in aiding the campaign for complete social equality that she has, in effect, endorsed intermarriage. She thinks marriage between whites and Negroes is an individual matter since it is a very personal problem . The unanimous condemnation of the Southland came down upon her.
Eleanor Roosevelt I worked all evening and at midnight was back at the radio station to repeat the program for the west coast, which made the day seen quite long.
Texas … defiling the race line
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. . . My firm conviction [is] that it is the force of ideas rather than the impact of material things that made us a great nation. It is my conviction, too, that only the power of ideas, of enduring values, can keep us a great nation. For where there is not vision the people perish States. Nations & Nationhood
. . . you will be amused that when Mr. Dulles said goodbye to me this morning he said 'I feel I must tell you that when you were appointed I thought it terrible & now I think your work here has been fine!' So - against the odds the women inch forward, but I'm rather old to be carrying on the fight . . . . Discrimination & Prejudice
... the even more fundamental task that lies before the leader of a democracy is to bring to the people the realization that true democracy is the effort of the people individually to carry their share of the burden of government. Media, Journalism & The Press
... to say that men are the only ones who can have this experience is ludicrous, and to say that for these reasons: "there will never be any really great women writers in the theatre," is equally funny because as a rule women know not only what men know but much that men will never know.” Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
...all wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished War & Peace
[It is] a dangerous thing, it seems to me, when any one part of this country suggests that it may be a better place … merely because it has cheaper labor to offer. That never has been a thing, as far as I know, that we have been proud of. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
… adult education should be made available … so that our less privileged groups may be able to avail themselves of new openings which require more education than they possess. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
… as a nation we haven't expected our government to show foresight in the development of the land. We have allowed individuals to do as they thought best and they could hardly be expected to have an altruistic attitude on the future. Now we are faced with lands that must be returned to buffalo grass or trees in order to prevent the suffering which many of our people are enduring today. All of us will gladly help in the emergency but I hope we will do more than that, and set ourselves to studying the things which have caused these conditions and never rest until our government remedies them. Development & Growth
… degrees of crookedness are usually measured only by opportunity. I have always had a feeling that society ought to look with more disfavor on the man who profits from other people's crimes than on the criminals themselves. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
… embrace new ideas with energy! Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
… employers, many of whom would like to be fair, are in a competitive business and they cannot afford to meet the demands of the union unless everyone in their line of business is forced to do so too Business, Commerce & Finance
… every new form of government, fascist, communist or our own democracy had originally for its purpose the making of a world in which people could be happy and content. Democracies & Republics
… experience should teach us that it is always the unexpected that does occur! Management & Managing Government
… in a tense situation, if time could be given for everyone to discuss what was going on before they actually went to war, we might come to our senses. Most of us are taught as children to count to 30 before we open our mouths when we were angry, and that same lesson should apply to nations. War & Peace
… in many countries scholars are being sent into exile for racial, religious and political reasons, in increasing numbers .... It means that more and more people are growing afraid to face differences of opinion and yet it is increasingly important that throughout the world differing opinions should be listened to and weighed by the people as a whole. Discrimination & Prejudice
… industrial progress has frequently consolidated industry in the larger centers, leaving the people in small towns without a method of obtaining a cash income. Development & Growth
… industry is at present producing as much as it did in 1929. [before the Great Depression] Ordinarily this would mean work for everybody, but since the depression, ten million dollars have been spent in modernizing these particular plants with the result that they are now using ten thousand fewer men than in 1929. Two million dollars more is to be spent shortly on further modernization, and much of the heavy work done in the past by men and skilled men, many of them, will be done by machinery. College and high school boys, who stand on a balcony somewhere and press buttons are preferred for this work today, and four men will do the work of one hundred men before long! Work, Workers & The Labor Force
… it is hardly worthwhile to try to give a better way of life to those who will not work and help themselves, but there are many, many people who work hard and for one reason or another have very little return for their labor. Welfare
… it is the great mass of people, particularly women, who do not often hear government questions discussed who would really enjoy and profit from these Minorities & Women
… it is well to realize that as the years go on, we are being given a constantly increasing variety of ways in which we may do things, so we have a choice and may fit whatever we do to our personal needs and the circumstances of the moment. There are often times when I would rather travel by train, there are many times when nothing gives more pleasure than to step into a car and drive off. There are other times when I can think of no way in which to go where I want except by air. There are many times when I would rather sit at home and listen to the radio. There are times when I want to be in the great hall and actually see the orchestra playing, or hear the speech being made. It is all a question of meeting our needs and desires in new ways. Miscellaneous
… it seems to me that there is little knowledge of the ordinary rules of sanitation in many of the rural districts of the South in which we have been. The same holds true of some of the poorer districts in the cities. We all know that you can become immune to almost any type of infection, but some people die in the process unnecessarily. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
… once you acknowledge the fact that Congress is after all made up of citizens elected to represent all of us, you must have some faith in their framing common sense laws. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… people never become a mass, they remain entities, and so you are able to feel human suffering and make others feel it because it is represented to you by individuals Human Nature
… people who are in trouble, if they knew of some place to go where really sane advice was available might start themselves going in the right direction again. Miscellaneous
… perhaps we are awakening to the realization that if individuals can no longer patronize the arts in the way they did in the old days, we may come to a time where the public will undertake to do this for its own pleasure and profit. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
… real prosperity can only come when everybody prospers. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
… some of us even think it is fair to expect a few people to pay more than they need to pay for a given commodity in order that a greater number of people may receive that commodity at a lower price to all. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
… the City of Washington, our National capital, we should have not only beautiful memorials, fine government buildings, but in miniature a government running the model institutions of the nation. Here is where foreign countries are represented, where foreign visitors come, where big national conventions meet, where in certain months of the year, school children come in great numbers. In fact, tourists from every part of the country are always in and out of Washington. Here is the place to demonstrate what government at its best can do. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
… the failure to evolve some plan by which India could be given a greater sense of independence and security in the future, has been a great disappointment to many people. One cannot help hoping that some new way will be worked out whereby the people of India may feel that the future belongs more surely to them in their own land. Freedom & Liberty
… the idea is to make the school useful to the community as a whole. It will be in use during the day for the children, but from the moment they are out of the building their elders may use it until they go to bed at night. It is to function as a community center … Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
… the international Magna Carta of all mankind Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… the most powerful weapon that we have our command to-day is public opinion. Statesmen quail before it and it could move mountains! Public Opinion & Polling
… the woman whose husband makes twelve hundred dollars a year may have a couple of hours a day which she could sell in return for some service which she wishes to buy. There ought to be a reciprocity exchange in every town of any size where these exchanges could be arranged for. Nothing more than an extension of the old community way of living when everybody got together for barn raisings, and husking bees and each individual's special talent was called upon and everyone earned in one way or another what they got. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
… there are a great many people who not only can make no budget but can barely manage to exist with their families on what they earn from day to day Families, Children & Parenting
… there is little rhyme or reason to the going up or coming down of the [Stock] Market Business, Commerce & Finance
… there is no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely and then act boldly Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… they are terrified lest the Constitution be interpreted as it was meant to be interpreted in each age according to that period's own ideas instead of those of the past generation. It seems to me it would be more intelligent to be afraid lest we strangle democracy by letting a fossilizing process harden the Constitution into a cocoon which must be violently broken because it could not grow with the life within. Life implies growth, and the Constitution was never meant to be used as the Bible was by our most puritanical Puritans. Liberals & Conservatives
… this whole Near East problem is not just an Arab-Israeli dispute but a problem of the influence of the West as opposed to that of the Soviet. We want no wars, but we do not want a Sovietized world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
… those [women] who are gainfully employed are usually working because of some real need. There are a few, however, who work because something in them craves the particular kind of work which they are doing, or an inner urge drives them to do a job. They are not entirely satisfied with work in the home. This does not mean that they are not good mothers and good housekeepers, but they need some other stimulus in life. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
… though the majority might be temporarily wrong, in the end, a majority that remained a majority over a period of years was usually right, and in our country, at least, we have been governed by the will of the majority. It has not meant, nor I surmise, does it mean in the present, the destruction of minorities … Democracies & Republics
… we are seeing too much in the world today of an effort to regulate too minutely by law the lives and morals of whole groups of people. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
… we need the flexibility and enthusiasm of youth to make any political party respond to the needs of today. Political Parties & Machines
… we need to know ourselves, not only our own little group or our own little part of the country, but the country as a whole and all its people. This will inspire in us an even greater fervor of spirit to see our country attain the ideals we have always cherished. Miscellaneous
… we should not indulge in looking backwards with envy to the past, but to keep our eyes ahead of us with hope for the future. Miscellaneous
… we strangle democracy by letting a fossilizing process harden the Constitution into a cocoon which must be violently broken because it could not grow with the life within. Life implies growth, and the Constitution was never meant to be used as the Bible was by our most puritanical Puritans. The letter killeth. Do these people really want to be ruled by a frozen document? Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
… what a fearful waste it is that we have to go killing each other before even a difference of opinion can be settled amongst people of the same nation. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
… when I motored and was driving my own car by myself, …the Secret Service had asked me to carry a pistol and … I did it and had learned how to use it! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
… when so many people seem to be beset by fears of socialism and communism, it seems particularly important that the workers of our country should have an opportunity to study the labor movement and the economic problem of the day. Only through understanding can they be expected to look at questions in a comprehensive way. Our great difficulty in the past has always been that individual groups only see their own point of view and could not understand the situation as a whole.… Those who are interested in the future development of this country must be interested in the education of the workers. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
… women owe, first of all, a duty to their families. If they can so arrange their lives as to add an eight-hour job in a factory, then they should, and we should take our hats off to them. Families, Children & Parenting
…I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected. Democracies & Republics
A few gentlemen in Congress have suggested that there is something not quite moral about dancing…. Dancing is an art and people who practice that art work hard and faithfully to perfect themselves. I think they should command our respect, just as all other good workers do. Liberals & Conservatives
A free Cuba, working for the well-being of the people, was the aim of many of the men who supported Castro, but when it became evident that one tyranny was being supplanted by another some of them began to feel again the urge for the real freedom they had hoped for and fought for. Whereupon, they deserted. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A liberal is a person who kept an open mind … a person who did not always look backward but would look forward to new possible solutions. Liberals & Conservatives
A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. Human Nature
A plane is of no use without the man or woman who flies it! Minorities & Women
A respect for the rights of other people to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A very great percentage of our people see only from $200 to $600 cash in hand during the course of a year, and many, many others have incomes under $1000 or ranging from $1000 to $2000 a year. This problem involves so many people that we cannot just say "Let the government solve it." We, as a people, must solve it by deciding on the type of social and economic philosophy which we wish to see established in this country. When we know what changes we want, we can then set government machinery to work to accomplish them, but the people themselves must know what it is they wish to do. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water. Minorities & Women
After the usual press conference and lunch … Media, Journalism & The Press
All [political] headquarters make these little mistakes … I was particularly interested to receive this, however, because it has such a startling heading, a quotation from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "That this nation [...] shall not perish from the earth." The inference of course, is that there is a possibility that the nation will perish if one of the candidates in the present campaign is elected! Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All of the economic theories in the world translate themselves eventually to what happens to people in communities. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
All of us know that any substantial block of votes can cause trouble in the French legislature because practically any French government has to have the votes of many groups to have a majority. Legislating & Legislative Process
All of us try to persuade our fellow citizens to see our point of view and that is the way public opinion is created in a democracy. It seems to me, however, we might achieve our aim with a little less violent invective and blackening of the individual character, for on both sides motives are probably good. The real difference is in the methods that are advocate. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All the movements or crusades depend for their inception and early momentum on the personality of some individual man or woman. Someone must care tremendously and give unstintingly of themselves before an idea takes sufficient root in a number of people's minds to go forward without some tangible personality to give it interest. Leaders & Leadership
America's objective today should be to try to make herself the best possible mirror of democracy that she can. The people of the world can see what happens here. They watch us to see what we are going to do and how well we can do it. We are giving them the only possible picture of democracy that we can: the picture as it works in actual practice. This is the only way other peoples can see for themselves how it works; and can determine for themselves whether this thing is good in itself, whether it is better than they have, better than what other political and economic systems offer them. Democracies & Republics
America's objective today should be to try to make herself the best possible mirror of democracy that she can. The people of the world can see what happens here. They watch us to see what we are going to do and how well we can do it. We are giving them the only possible picture of democracy that we can: the picture as it works in actual practice. This is the only way other peoples can see for themselves how it works; and can determine for themselves whether this thing is good in itself, whether it is better than they have, better than what other political and economic systems offer them. Democracies & Republics
An attitude of letting the rest of the world stew in their own juice, is rather a dangerous one, that perhaps in our own interest we may have to take the initiative and have sufficient interest in other people's affairs to really want to help them remain at peace. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
An economic policy which does not consider the well-being of all will not serve the purposes of peace and the growth of well-being among the people of all nations. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
An industrialist's answer [to inflation] is to charge more for his product to the public, never to cut his own profits. Labor's answer is even more natural. Since the worker would have to change his entire mode of life, labor asks for higher wages to cover the higher expenses. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
And he does this without ever having taken a lesson. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Anyone who has had even a mild illness knows that the cost of drugs is alarmingly high, and year by year becomes more of a burden, especially to the lower-income families. Modern drugs, like other advances in medicine and surgery, have meant that many more people are alive and well today than would have been a decade ago. Certainly, we must be prepared to pay whatever is necessary for the production and advancement of these life-saving drugs and techniques. I was shocked, however, by the revelations … that price-fixing and monopolistic practices have raised the cost of drugs far above what is reasonable or necessary. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Anything which tends to bring a greater sense of responsibility to individuals should be encouraged. Policy & Policy Making
Art should have no nationality and between artists we should be able to develop complete reciprocity. We need emotional outlets in this country and the more artistic people we develop the better it will be for us as a nation. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As one looks back over history it is interesting to speculate on what would have happened if individuals or nations had acted differently in certain crises. I often wonder if these speculations will serve to give any of us more courage in facing new situations! History
As so often happens Christianity as expressed in the Sermon on the Mount is simplicity itself, but through the ages human beings have rendered it more and more complicated. "The church" does not exist, numerous churches exist, always controlled by human beings. Religion & God
At a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity. Families, Children & Parenting
At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want--for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war. Freedom & Liberty
At present many nations in Asia and the Near East think of us as being more willing to use military force than are the Soviets. I think this is a regrettable impression to make in any area of the world. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Being a pacifist means that you do not seek a fight, that you use every means in your power to prevent a fight …. but if war comes into your own country, then even a pacifist it seems to me, must stand up and fight for their beliefs. War & Peace
Campaign trains always give me a little feeling of a busy factory, because so many people are busily engaged in turning out ideas to meet different situations as they arrive. If you sit in the President's car and see streams of people go by and hear him ask the inevitable questions:—"How are things in your state; did the drought do much harm; what are you people counting on to help you in your recovery", and then see him picking up everybody's ideas, discarding some, remolding some into his own speeches, you realize that you are really watching an idea factory at work, through which the American people get a picture of the President's thinking, his character, and his plans for the future. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Child marriage does not seem to be confined only to the mountains of Tennessee. The marriage of the little nine-year-old girl in that state, however, brought to light the marriage of a twelve-year-old girl in New York State. It seems inconceivable that parents should countenance a practice of this kind unless food is so short that one mouth taken out of the home counterbalances all other arguments. Certainly no one in their sane senses would want a child of nine to be married, and the publicity which has attended this marriage we may well hope will result not only in the passing but in the enforcement of laws requiring that children under a certain definite age may not be married. We have all heard with horror of the child marriages in India, and it is rather a shock to find that we are open to the same criticism in our extremely modern country. Families, Children & Parenting
Chuck Painton Parks & Recreation
Chuck Painton Parks & Recreation
Communist countries consider all people, even their own, as secondary and only of value as they serve the state. Nevertheless those of us who live in democratic countries are always shocked and angered by the apparent indifference that a Communist regime has for what happens to individuals Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand Environment & Environmentalism
Cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation. United Nations
Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. Human Nature
Day by day, the things that happen in Alabama and Mississippi are doing us harm in our fight against Communism in Asia, Africa and the Near East. Discrimination & Prejudice
Democracy requires both discipline and hard work. It is not easy for individuals to govern themselves. . . . It is one thing to gain freedom, but no one can give you the right to self-government. This you must earn for yourself by long discipline. Democracies & Republics
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Each representative [Congressperson] is naturally going to feel that the problems of his state require special consideration, and it is the duty of the President to keep the balance and try to work out a program which will be beneficial to all and unfair to none. This can't be done unless you see conditions with your own eyes and talk to people in touch with them. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Even legal documents are of little value if there is not behind them the force of public opinion and public approval. Public Opinion & Polling
Every now and then I am reminded that even though the need for being a feminist is gradually disappearing in this country, we haven't quite reached the millennium. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Experts, and people who give their lives to research, never seem to me to get proper recognition in this world. For most of us are so busy that we listen more readily to people who give us in simplified form what they have gathered from the experts. Every one of us owes a debt of gratitude which we should not forget, to the quiet and unobtrusive workers who do the really scientific work. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Farm life requires teamwork to a greater degree than any other way of life.
For sheer cruelty our old Puritan ancestors can hardly be beaten. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
For sheer cruelty our old Puritan ancestors can hardly be beaten. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
France remembers previous invasions in this century, and no one can blame her for wanting to feel secure. There never was a time, however, when other nations were as ready to see her point of view as they are today. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Happiness may exist under all conditions, given the right kind of people and sufficient economic security for adequate food and shelter. Human Nature
Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it. Miscellaneous
How are we going to make the people of the United States realize that if they want peace in the future they must make the sacrifices that are required to bring about economic improvement in a great many countries? Foreign Aid
Human resources are the most valuable assets the world has. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Human resources are the most valuable assets the world has. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I am advised by Senator Hubert Humphrey that my information on the cooperation between Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives on the question of disarmament was not correct. My information stated that only one Republican sponsor could be found in the House and I am now told that there were 14. Miscellaneous
I am afraid that the talk of "freeing" Indians and making them full citizens is a cloak to make it possible to take a little more away from them. Indians are citizens! They have a right to vote! They serve in the armed forces, and they pay income taxes and other taxes except on their land. This land-tax exemption is usually part of the agreed price received from the Federal government for larger areas given up. All the Indians ask is that they be consulted and that they give their consent as to the proper time for "termination" of certain agreements, and that each tribe be consulted separately. Minorities & Women
I am entirely in accord with the idea that it is hardly worthwhile to try to give a better way of life to those who will not work and help themselves, but there are many, many people who work hard and for one reason or another have very little return for their labor. Welfare
I am in complete disagreement with the attitude taken in refusing Constitution Hall to a great artist. You have set an example which seems to me unfortunate, and I feel obligated to send in to you my resignation. You had an opportunity to lead in an enlightened way and it seems to me that your organization has failed. Discrimination & Prejudice
I am increasingly conscious of the plight in which men and women over forty who need work are finding themselves. …. It seems to me ludicrous that this situation should exist for at forty a man or woman should be at their best and have experience and poise and patience all of which should make meeting certain problems of work easier. Discrimination & Prejudice
I am sure that adolescents find it just as confusing and difficult to understand themselves as their elders find them difficult to understand. Families, Children & Parenting
I am told that in certain places it is being whispered that the real reason for these droughts is the displeasure of the Lord because human beings are trying to plan production and distribution. This is rather startling for out of the Old Testament one can take one's first lesson in planning ahead. They had famine years even then and suffered until Joseph used his intelligence and put aside enough to feed the people in those years. Our problems are different today, but they still require people to use their own intelligence. There is an old saying—The Lord helps those who help themselves. Religion & God
I am writing a line on this subject to the head of the union. In war time it is considered essential to play "The Star Spangled Banner," but to employ musicians for this purpose and this purpose only, seems to be rather difficult. They certainly could not make a living wage on a short engagement of this kind. In this particular case, the theatre was being picketed because it was using a record instead of employing musicians. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
I believe in defending democracy by preserving democracy, not by descending to the use of the same weapons used in dictatorships, whether of the Nazi or Communist stripe. Defense & National Security ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I believe that it is essential to our leadership in the world and to the development of true democracy in our country to have no discrimination in our country whatsoever. Discrimination & Prejudice
I cannot believe any Southerner plans to defy the Supreme Court or to set states' rights above the rights of the country as a whole and their interests above the interests of the citizens of the United States. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I cannot however say that in European countries the control by the Roman Catholic Church of great areas of land has always led to happiness for the people of those countries. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I discovered that my husband did not like the breakfasts and lunches that he has been getting! It therefore behooves Mrs. Nesbitt and myself to scurry around and get some new ideas. Secrecy & Transparency ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I do not feel that, in these important years, girls should be chosen for college purely on the basis of whether they can afford to pay for this opportunity. They should be there because of the potential value which they will bring to the Nation. If they have this added training, the Nation should be willing to put something toward their development. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I do not think it is possible for anyone, not even the leaders of a political organization, really to know in detail the exact situation in every locality. That is why we hold primaries, so that the people who live in the locality may have the opportunity to choose the best man as they see him and know him. Voters, Voting & Elections
I doubt that anyone does not really believe in God. People may think they don't have any belief, but you will usually find that there is a belief in something beyond himself. In any case, I would not judge a man's character by his belief or unbelief. I would judge his character by his deeds; and no matter what he said about his beliefs, his behavior would soon show whether he was a man of good character or bad. Religion & God
I feel that a period of service to the nation would be good for all of us, though I hope it will not be a purely military period. I have a great appreciation for the need for discipline and basic training in military methods, but above all, I believe we must develop the realization of every individual's responsibility in a democracy for his government. To me any period of training should stress this very clearly and should include service to the community. I believe both boys and girls should receive such training. Citizenship & Patriotism
I feel we should be able … to find a way of employing more of these so-called unemployables Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I found on my desk today was a report of the New Mexico malaria control project, which is under direction of the State Board of Public Health, and carried out in cooperation with the WPA and the United States Public Health Service…. The project, it seems to me, is not only meeting with great success from the point of view of controlling the disease, but is doing a great deal to give employment as a by-product in reclaiming land, improving highways, conserving water, not to speak of the educational value it gives to the people employed on it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I grieve, however, that anyone could be stupid enough, in any part of our country, to arrest the Vice-Presidential candidate of a recognized party because, on his way to speak to citizens of the United States, he tried to go through a door which was marked as the entrance for people of color. It seems to me completely incredible that, in a State where colored people are allowed to enlist and go to war and be killed for their country, there should exist anything so senseless as a rule which forces human beings to enter through separate doors according to their color. It is fundamentally un-Christian and wrong. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have always felt that for local offices in a small place, where everybody knows everyone else, the vote should be more a question of the man than one of party allegiance. Political Parties & Machines
I have been deeply touched by the small contributions which have been sent to me to transmit to the Democratic campaign fund. They represent more sacrifice perhaps than larger sums of money and are often accompanied by letters which make one realize even more keenly the weight of responsibility on a man who has the confidence of so large a part of a nation such as ours. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have fought for peace for many years. I want to see all the nations of the world reduce their armaments. Mr. Chamberlain has suggested it, but I have seen no acquiescence on the part of Mr. Hitler. Have you? Who is taking a belligerent attitude in the world today? The American people can not afford to consider this as a partisan question and use it as such, and the women, above all, must think clearly on this subject for the future of those whom they love may depend upon their influence. Arms Race & Disarmament
I have learned that it is just as well to avoid even the appearance of something which you prefer not to have published as a fact! So many things are published as facts in any case which have no foundation in them whatsoever, that I don't suppose it really matters! For fair minded people usually wait until they verify a statement before they believe it, and those who believe it without verification are the ones who want to believe it! Media, Journalism & The Press
I have long been wanting to draw to my readers' attention the fact that the U.S., in refusing to accept Hawaii and Alaska as states, is subjecting these two territories to colonialism. States. Nations & Nationhood
I have never seen my own husband ruffled which must require a certain amount of self-control. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have waited a while before saying anything about the Un-American Activities Committee's current investigation of the Hollywood film industry. I would not be very much surprised if some writers or actors or stagehands, or what not, were found to have Communist leanings, but I was surprised to find that, at the start of the inquiry, some of the big producers were so chicken-hearted about speaking up for the freedom of their industry. Freedom & Liberty
I hope also that we will continue to be able to look upon art and artists as one of the factors which can be used to draw nations together. Art should have no nationality and between artists we should be able to develop complete reciprocity. We need emotional outlets in this country and the more artistic people we develop the better it will be for us as a nation. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I hope the women of the United States will awaken to the full sense of the influence which they can wield if they accept the responsibility which all power implies. Power
I imagine there are some people who would work even if they received no remuneration at all. They would work for the pure joy in the work itself. But I also recognize the fact that there is a great deal of work which must of necessity be done because of the financial return it brings, even though the task is rather dull. It is this latter type of work that creates our difficulty. How to find an incentive that will make all people, regardless of the work which they do, work as hard as they can—because the world community profits by their work—is one of the problems of education which we are certainly far from solving. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them. Justice & Injustice
I like the people … who stand around and say so little but who are always ready to do something if it needs to be done. Human Nature
I often wonder which is best, to be honest about what you know in this world, or to continue to deny you know it and thereby fool yourself into believing that it does not exist! Human Nature
I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall. Humor ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I quote the following statement which I saw the other day: "We have lost in all the wars waged in this country since the Declaration of Independence, 244,000 men, killed in battle, and in the past twenty-five years we have lost 375,000 mothers in child birth." Prenatal care in the early months is vitally important and we should do all we can to educate young mothers to go to a doctor if they can afford it, if not to a free clinic to be taught how care for themselves. This is necessary not only for mothers but the babies. With proper care before birth, a child will come into world stronger and healthier. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I shall tell you about things that are of interest to me and I hope you will be interested also. Please write and tell me of things in which you would be interested. Miscellaneous
I think as in so many cases, the people who criticize, do so without a complete knowledge of the facts. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I think I have a good deal of my Uncle Theodore in me, because I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think if the people of this country can be reached with the truth, their judgment will be in favor of the many, as against the privileged few. Public Opinion & Polling
I think it also important that the policies of the great nations be made simple and clear, so that the chance of misunderstanding is minimized. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I think sometimes the recording of each act which has gone into the perpetration of some crime simply gives new suggestions to less fertile minds. I realize that crimes are "news," but I wonder if they could not be very briefly recorded, leaving out as much detail as possible and by doing so it might be easier for the arm of the law to proceed in unsolved crimes. The public is, of course, to blame, for apparently there is a curious fascination for many people in the reading of all these gruesome details. Is there no way that the public for its own protection can be induced to forego some of this particular type of reading matter? Media, Journalism & The Press
I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me understand something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I want to tell you today of a protest which has come to me from an association of architects who feel that architects were unjustly criticized when I made the suggestion that the advice of a woman would be valuable in every architect's office. I did not mean what I said as a criticism of the profession. However, I believe a woman's advice would be useful in planning the interior layout of a room because it naturally affects both the exterior and interior arrangements of doors, electric outlets, etc. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I was proud indeed of the Services as they marched by in the rain. Everyone in fit condition, looking smart in spite of the weather. West Point, Annapolis, the Coast Guard School and the regular Army, Navy and Marines. These Services and the men who compose them deserve our gratitude and respect. They give service which can never be paid for in money. We pray that it may never be war service, but the world is not safe as yet from this spirit of madness and while the United States of America is the greatest peace loving nation in the world, her first line of defense, both in peace and in war are these men who belong to what are rightly termed the Services of the United States. Military & Veterans
I wish I could be three people. One of them would be in Washington holding teas and luncheons and attending any number of official social and charitable occasions. The second one could sit at a desk eight hours a day and really do her work as it should be done with proper care and attention given to each communication. She could see the people who want to talk about serious things and perhaps even be of some little use in helping other people to work out their plans. The third person could be a wife, mother … Oh well, somehow or other everything will get done but I am afraid nothing will be done very well! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I wish that every community from which individuals go to prison might have an organization which would be notified when they are returned to society. It would then be this organization's responsibility to find these individuals a job, suited to their capacities and training, which would bring them a decent living. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I wish there were forces available for use in the United Nations today so that aggression might be impossible for any nation and peace could be enforced in lands which sorely need it, but I hope that negotiations will soon reach a point where between the Arab people and the Jews peace may be brought about. There is plenty of work for all to do and land to be developed which needs the work of many hands. United Nations
I wish twenty-four hours, a good night's sleep and a day spent in the open air could always elapse before any government officials take action on matters of grave importance. Policy & Policy Making
I wonder if it is wise for any of us to read anyone's writings too consistently? No matter how able they may be, they seem occasionally to find it difficult to be consistent, and this tends to give me as a reader the feeling that we are all of us swayed by so much by our momentary impulses and interests, that what we write at any time can not be taken too seriously. Human Nature
I wonder if these gentlemen have stopped to think how we would feel if we differed with another nation and needed help on humanitarian grounds and our political differences of opinion were used against us when we were begging to keep our people from starvation. Foreign Aid ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I worked all evening and at midnight was back at the radio station to repeat the program for the west coast, which made the day seen quite long. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I would recommend that every woman who intends to take on a maid should do every bit of her own work first. When she knows exactly the time it takes, the hard work, the weariness it entails, then she can begin with intelligence to plan what her maid can do. Families, Children & Parenting
If a woman puts in a full day's work, what is left of her energy must be given to her family in personal contact and not in drudgery. Therefore, family restaurants will have to be organized as they have been abroad. Here good food may be obtained for entire families at the same price as they would pay for food at home. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
If by carelessness in controlling inflation and imposing controls on our general economy we are unable to meet these temporary but vital calls upon us, we will be courting real disaster. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
If only we can avoid a repetition of the depression that culminated in Mr. Hoover's Administration, we will be very fortunate. This depression, of course, had nothing to do with President Hoover's policies, but was the result of after-war activities by certain groups in this country which, I fear, may be duplicated again unless the people and the Congress are very wary. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
If reforms do not come when people are at peace, of course, they have to come through violent upheavals, so as I looked out I thought: "Thank God, that this nation has had the courage to face the need of changes before we reached the point where bloodshed was the only way to achieve a change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If reforms do not come when people are at peace, of course, they have to come through violent upheavals. No wonder the peoples who have democratic forms of government cling to them. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If we are going to live in a world ruled by true democracy, then it is essential that every human being receives the kind of education that will best develop his faculties. In addition, each and every one of us must become conscious of the fact that we have an obligation to think for ourselves so that we may function as citizens. Citizenship & Patriotism
If we are honest with ourselves today, we will acknowledge that the ideal of Democracy has never failed, but that we haven't carried it out, and in our lack of faith we have debased the human being who must have a chance to live if Democracy is to be successful. Democracies & Republics
If you grew too fond of public life it might exact compromises even if finances were not involved. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
In numbers there is strength, and we in America must help the women of the world. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In our country we must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good. The Un-American Activities Committee seems to me to be better for a police state than for the USA. Democracies & Republics
In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are. Democracies & Republics
In the long run it is more important to us as a nation to show the world that we believe in equality of opportunity, that we realize that any kind of segregation is discrimination whether it comes about because of race, color, or creed, and that we are determined to show the world that we believe in the things we preach. Equality & Equal Opportunity
In this world where force is still rampant one holds one's breath when one looks into the faces of young people. If only they can succeed where we of the older generation have failed! War & Peace
Israel is beginning to look as the Biblical descriptions of the country describe it. That had not come about in all the years that the British had a mandate there or that the Arabs controlled the land. Development & Growth
It chills my soul to think of American children behind barbed wire. Discrimination & Prejudice
It does us no harm to look over our past shortcomings and plan to improve our characters and actions in the coming year Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is a funny thing how hard it is to see the other fellow's point of view. Human Nature
It is a grand thing to get advice and criticism of people who really want to make more useful such things as any of us poor scribes write for the general public. There is just one bit of cheer, however, no matter how much we improve, everyone will never be pleased and therefore we may hope that everyone will never be displeased either. Media, Journalism & The Press
It is an interesting situation here because the conservative and progressive party are both conservative! They would ordinarily represent the people who would want to return, perhaps not to the militarism of prewar days but to many of the economic and social customs of pre-war days but, under the influence of our early occupation period, they passed a number of rather liberal social security laws and gave rights to trade unions, etc. At present they are trying to rescind the right to strike. I don't think anything has really crystallized in this country as yet. One sees much shifting back and forth and there are possibilities for much more. Liberals & Conservatives ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
It is enlightened selfishness to build up the ability of other nations to a higher standard of living. We thus produce wider markets for ourselves as well as the rest of the world Foreign Aid
It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. Leaders & Leadership
It is only tradition that keeps men from being even more vitally interested in peace than women for they are the first line of defense. Luckily the youth of the nation, both men and women, are recognizing this fact. War & Peace
It is the case that the Russians are misusing the veto in the United Nations, but you must recall that it was we who insisted upon the veto. Without the veto we could not gotten it through Congress. United Nations
it is the personal and individual thing which is done by one human being for another that is the most valuable assistance which can be rendered in time of trouble. Better not only for the one who receives, but a thousand times happier for the one who gives. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is true that in some states the only important vote is the primary, when you choose between different members of the same party. In these states, where our two-party system usually does not function, it is important that everyone vote in the primaries. Elsewhere throughout the country, citizens should vote both in the primaries and in the final election, for where the two-party system works they will always have a choice between party candidates. Voters, Voting & Elections
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. War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
it isn't enough to talk of peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. War & Peace
It might be well if we could start a slogan "Improve your community by knowing real facts about it" and for the newspapers and magazines particularly I wish we could have a slogan "Do not write good stories based on imagination, write good stories based on facts Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It seems a waste, to me, for the sake of getting more colorful news, to send these men, who are not in any way concerned with the war [Spanish Civil War] which is going on and the principles at stake, into such positions of danger. Three men, two Americans and an Englishman, have died, and with apparent pride a formal announcement is made to the effect that we should realize what dangers correspondents go through to give us the news. To be sure, these men, not only go willingly, but often are anxious for the assignment. Personally, I would prefer to have those three men alive and a little less accurate and colorful news, and I am quite sure the majority of the people in the United States feel the same way. If men must die, let it be for their own convictions, not because they are sent out so we may read or see something more startling in our newspapers and newsreels. Media, Journalism & The Press
It seems to me that it is the basic right of any human being to work. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It seems to me that the surest way to remove from the stage really undesirable plays, is for the public to refuse to go to see them. Censorship by law has always seemed to me too difficult and complicated where art of any kind is concerned. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It was sad news to read of two more of our destroyers being lost. I cannot bear to think of the many women whose hearts ache for the boys and men who are lost with each of these ships; as well as any one of the airplanes that fail to come back from a raid, or that crash somewhere in this country or in foreign parts. These days are terrible ones for the men themselves and for the women who wait at home for news. So many of the boys are very young and, under ordinary circumstances, would have their whole lives still before them. I wonder if women in every country are making up their minds that out of this war there shall come some kind of permanent peace. War & Peace
It won't do just to pass harmless legislation. It will have to be really good legislation. Legislating & Legislative Process
It’s hard for the young to live in uncertainty…. Our founders lived in great uncertainty. Miscellaneous
Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. Justice & Injustice
Land use is becoming more and more a general national interest and should be as much a study in the cities as in the country. For with the proper use of land, many of our greatest troubles—dust storms, floods, over-production of this and that, would at least be measurably controlled. Environment & Environmentalism
Laws are only observed with the consent of the individuals concerned and a moral change still depends on the individual and not on the passage of any law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Lest I keep my complacent ways I must remind myself.. Someone out there died for me today As long as there is war.. I ask and I must answer.. Was I worth dying for? War & Peace
Little by little it dawned upon me that this law was not making people drink any less, but it was making hypocrites and law breakers of a great number of people. It seemed to me best to go back to the old situation in which, if a man or woman drank to excess, they were injuring themselves and their immediate family and friends and the act was a violation against their own sense of morality and no violation against the law of the land. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Long ago, I made up my mind that when things were said involving only me, I would pay no attention to them, except when valid criticism was carried by which I could profit. Leaders & Leadership
Many of you may have seen reports from England, which indicate that juvenile crime has increased 50 percent on account of the unusual home conditions created by the war. This will happen here, unless we start at once to meet the situation…The attention of the nation should be focused on these problems, for we cannot neglect the welfare of our children in a time of war and expect to have a future worth fighting for. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Many women feel that they are so unimportant that their action can count little for good or ill, but it is the mass of individuals that makes up public opinion and public opinion is what runs a democracy! Minorities & Women
Marriage and the up-bringing of children in the home require as well-trained a mind and as well-disciplined a character as any other occupation that might be considered a career Families, Children & Parenting
Moral change still depends on the individual and not on the passage of any law. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Motives are often more important than actions Human Nature
Must we always do our duty? If so, how are we always to know what is our duty? Citizenship & Patriotism
My greatest fear has always been that I would be afraid - afraid physically or mentally or morally and allow myself to be influenced by fear instead of by my honest convictions. Human Nature
My husband [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] always said the President of the United States had the best information in the world on which to base the government's decisions as to policy in foreign relations. Part of this was because of the efficiency of the intelligence reports he received. Over the past few years, however, the CIA has become an agency not for gathering information and reporting it to those who make policy and take action, but it has itself made policy and taken action. And by so doing it has involved the government in situations from which no administration could quickly extricate itself. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
My second tea this afternoon was for the women in executive positions in the Departments of State, Treasury and War, and certain Commissions. Many of these women do really important work and are all indispensable parts of their offices. …. They are valuable public servants and it is most interesting to me and to the Cabinet women to have an opportunity to see them and talk to them about their work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
No country is fully civilized which cannot appreciate its artists. They make a contribution not just to the entertainment side of life, but to the educational, economic and spiritual sides. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
No jewelry, particularly no rings, should be worn. Low heeled shoes will allow you to fill your daily stint with less fatigue. Wear goggles and a cap which completely covers your hair, and which has a visor broad enough to warn you when your head is getting too near any part of the machine. Slack suits, jumpers, and dresses should all be loose and comfortable, with no loose tabs, belts, or large buttons to catch in the machinery. Sleeves should either be short, or, if you prefer them long, tight-fitting. These suggestions stress the fact that a woman can still look extremely attractive in her working clothes, but that the object in going to work is to produce as much as possible. When you wear clothes about which you do not have to think, you will give more thought to the work you are doing. Welfare
No man who has brought himself back from what might have been an entire life of invalidism to strength, and activity, physical and mental and spiritual can ever be accused of preaching or exemplifying a mollycoddle philosophy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Human Nature
No one expresses very great faith in the unselfishness of human being and everybody seems to acknowledge the fact that we must count on a certain amount of greed and willingness on the part of some human beings to prey upon others. Human Nature
No one single thing that we do will control inflation Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
No, I have never wanted to be a man. I have often wanted to be more effective as a woman, but I have never felt that trousers would do the trick! Minorities & Women
Oh yes. And a great many of them still do. Media, Journalism & The Press
Once more we are in a period of uncertainty, of danger, in which not only our own safety but that of all mankind is threatened. Once more we need the qualities that inspired the development of the democratic way of life. We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high heart. We need to fan the spark of conviction, which may again inspire the world as we did with our new idea of the dignity and worth of free men. But first we must learn to cast out fear. People who `view with alarm' never build anything. Miscellaneous
One enlarges his circle of friends through contact with many people. One who limits those contacts narrows the circle and frequently his own point of view as well. Human Nature
One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Secrecy & Transparency ;Media, Journalism & The Press ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
One of the first things we must get rid of is the idea that democracy is tantamount to capitalism. Democracies & Republics ;Capitalism
One of the lessons I think nearly all women need to learn, is, that when we are dealing with busy people, no matter how much interested we may be in a subject, we must put what we have to say in the briefest possible form. This is even more important if the person to whom we are talking is listening because of our interest and not because of his own. We may be able to impart some of our enthusiasm to him, if we do not first bore him to death and make him impatient because he is being asked to listen to too many words. Lobbying & Special Interests
One of the things I think we need to emphasize to all young people, whether rich or poor, is the fact that while everyone needs to be able to provide themselves with a decent standard of living, lacking certain other qualifications in themselves, the money which makes such a standard possible will not give them a happy life. Human Nature
One thing is sure — none of the arts flourishes on censorship and repression. And by this time it should be evident that the American public is capable of doing its own censoring. Certainly, the Thomas Committee is growing more ludicrous daily. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Our forefathers realized the importance of education to a nation, and particularly the importance of an educated people in a democracy, but we seem to have forgotten what sacrifices they made to start a public school system in this country. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Our foreign trade provides more direct employment in the U.S. than the combined total of the textile industry including wearing apparel, the auto industry, the chemical industry and the steel industry. It is true, of course, that some harm is done by foreign trade to our small industries, particularly where certain competitive goods come into our country from nations where cheap labor is available. Yet we must recognize that it would be a mistake to do away with the exchange of goods and services which keep so many people employed. There is no doubt that at this point there is very much greater need for pushing the whole program of the International Labor Organization. The sooner labor costs can be brought into closer relationship in the various countries of the world, the better it will be for our own trade situation. Foreign Trade
Our great trouble is that we tend to bring up our children for the world in which we ourselves have lived. We rarely take into consideration the changes which have come about in our own lifetime and which are likely to come about before our children are fully grown. Perhaps we handicap them unnecessarily by too much anchoring to the old and too little preparation for the new. Families, Children & Parenting
Our objective today is to get the greatest amount of work out of every individual. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Our real battlefield today is Asia and our real battle is the one between democracy and communism. . . . We have to prove to the world and particularly to downtrodden areas of the world which are the natural prey to the principles of communist economics that democracy really brings about happier and better conditions for the people as a whole. Democracies & Republics
Our trouble is that we do not demand enough of the people who represent us. We are responsible for their activities. . . . we must spur them to more imagination and enterprise in making a push into the unknown; we must make clear that we intend to have responsible and courageous leadership. Voters, Voting & Elections
Peace will not be built, however, by people with bitterness in their hearts. War & Peace
People always suffer for what governments have done. Miscellaneous
People call up just to ask me to thank the President, sometimes for something as intangible as the fact that he has given them back their courage. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
People can gradually be brought to understand that an individual, even if she is a President's wife, may have independent views and must be allowed the expression of an opinion. But actual participation in the work of the Government, we are not yet able to accept. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
People cannot understand that a women, even if she is a President’s wife, can have independent views. Women ;Public Opinion & Polling
People frequently say that it is human nature to want to gamble and, therefore, you cannot prevent it. It seems to me there are ways of satisfying this enjoyment in gambling without encouraging widespread crime organizations. Much of what we read about could not possibly go on without the connivance of government officials in cities and states and even at the Federal level. Human Nature
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Life ;Human Nature
Perhaps it is as well to keep an open and charitable mind, and to try to understand why people do things instead of condemning the acts themselves Human Nature
Perhaps our generation … will live to reflect … that our hard times were not in vain. They should make us more conscious of the conditions which we wish to eradicate. Poverty
Perhaps the day will come when the man who is paying a high income tax will say to himself "This is proof of my patriotism. The measures which are supported by this money are what make my country a better place to live in. They insure to me and to my children a greater security under the form of government which I have chosen. Taxes
Person after person has said to me in these last few days that this new world we face terrifies them. I can understand how that feeling would arise unless one believes that men are capable of greatness beyond their past achievements. . . . The time now calls for mankind as a whole to rise to great heights. We must have faith or we die. Development & Growth
Racial intermarriage is a very personal problem. I would never say yes or no to intermarriage. Families, Children & Parenting
Read the story of the new invention for picking cotton. It may not be perfect yet, it may not work so well in hilly country as on the plains, but it is just a question of time before it is improved. More men and women out of work. Unless we have sense enough to sit down and discuss how to use this new invention and many others, so as to bring happiness, comfort and leisure to human beings and not unemployment, starvation and despair, then we deserve the hard times which surely will come our way. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Respect is the first requisite to good fellowship. Human Nature
See the possibilities of rural electrification. Life can be so much fuller and farm life so much more efficient on the farm as well as in the home if you can get cheap power. Energy
She can talk beautifully about democracy. But she does not know how to live democracy Propaganda & Disinformation
Somehow we must be able to show people that democracy is not about words, but action. Democracies & Republics
Sometimes I wish that our country was as small and homogeneous as Norway or Denmark, but then again I realize how much we would lose that is really valuable to our civilization. Miscellaneous
Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sometimes the mere assumption that you have the right to go, will get you there! Citizenship & Patriotism
Staying aloof is not a solution; it is a cowardly evasion. Citizenship & Patriotism
Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, `It can't be done.' Human Nature
Take this question of the payment of taxes which seems uppermost in many people's minds. It is true that you may work twice as hard and that when your income is above a certain amount, you may retain for yourself a much smaller percentage of the fruits of your labor. Perhaps the day will come when the man who is paying a high income tax will say to himself "This is proof of my patriotism. The measures which are supported by this money are what make my country a better place to live in. They insure to me and to my children a greater security under the form of government which I have chosen." We may pay high taxes but if it means that many hard working people have better lives, I am glad to do so. I am entirely in accord with the idea that it is hardly worthwhile to try to give a better way of life to those who will not work and help themselves, but there are many, many people who work hard and for one reason or another have very little return for their labor. Taxes
Take this question of the payment of taxes which seems uppermost in many people's minds. It is true that you may work twice as hard and that when your income is above a certain amount, you may retain for yourself a much smaller percentage of the fruits of your labor. Perhaps the day will come when the man who is paying a high income tax will say to himself: "This is proof of my patriotism. The measures which are supported by this money are what make my country a better place to live in. They insure to me and to my children a greater security under the form of government which I have chosen”. Taxes
The American Dream can no more remain static than can the American nation.... We cannot any longer take an old approach to world problems. They aren't the same problems. It isn't the same world. We must not adopt the methods of our ancestors; instead, we must emulate that pioneer quality in our ancestors that made them attempt new methods for a New World. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The American public is capable of doing its own censoring… If you curtail what the other fellow says and does, you curtail what you yourself may say and do. Freedom & Liberty
The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it. Women ;Miscellaneous
The best machinery in the world has to be handled by intelligent people. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The CAA says that women are psychologically not fitted to be pilots, but I see pictures every now and then of women who are teaching men to fly. We know that in England, where the need is great, women are ferrying planes and freeing innumerable men for combat service. Discrimination & Prejudice
The different forces, however, which are doing secret service work, or investigation of different kinds are not the parts of the government which it would seem wise to me to consolidate. There have grown up under various forms of government in different parts of the world, secret investigation branches under one head, and they times have practically superseded all the other arms of the government and have spread terror among the population …. As long as they remain separate there will, however, be no danger of a secret octopus growing up to control in harmful ways. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The different forces, however, which are doing secret service work, or investigation of different kinds are not the parts of the government which it would seem wise to me to consolidate. There have grown up under various forms of government in different parts of the world, secret investigation branches under one head, and they times have practically superseded all the other arms of the government and have spread terror among the population. It seems to me that it is better for us to have these necessary forces divided up under different department heads. There may be a certain amount of rivalry but that will do no harm, and if the heads have the proper spirit of cooperation the men themselves will understand that when they need to assist each other, they should do so in the interests of law and order and justice which they are all serving. As long as they remain separate there will, however, be no danger of a secret octopus growing up to control in harmful ways. Secrecy & Transparency ;Management & Managing Government
The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you 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.' The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Human Nature
The Federal Housing Administration has their leaflets there [The National Home Show] showing exactly how much it costs to build a house of this kind and what the monthly payments are. You pay twenty percent down and then pay the remainder over a period of twenty years, which should encourage home owning in this country on a much safer basis than has ever existed before for the average family. Housing
The first lady should lean back when in an open car so that the crowd can see the President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The function of democratic living is not to lower standards but to raise those that have been too low. Poverty
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Future
The future requires action and not mere conversation. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The great majority of the states look upon segregation as discrimination. And those few states that have a special problem in this respect will, in a variety of ways, slowly have to solve their problem and accept the will of the majority. Discrimination & Prejudice
The greatest tragedy of old age is the tendency for the old to feel unneeded, unwanted, and of no use to anyone; the secret of happiness in the declining years is to remain interested in life, as active as possible, useful to others, busy, and forward looking. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
The greatness of man: Fear is never allowed to dominate that desire for greater knowledge and as long as mankind retains that spirit, we will move forward. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The importance of all education lies far more in the training of minds than in any facts which may be absorbed, for trained minds will ascertain the facts as they need to know them. Having learned to reason and to weigh the information they discover, people with such minds will be more nearly educated than any amount of cramming of definite facts into their heads will make them. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life. Miscellaneous
The isolationists are preparing again to play somewhat the same role they played at the end of World War I. They are idealists, but they do not want to pay the price of practical idealism or of peace for the world. They still believe that the United States can prosper all alone, can have peace all alone, can be a little island apart from the rest of the world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The mobilization of world opinion and methods of negotiation should be developed and used by every nation in order to strengthen the United Nations. Then if we are forced into war, it will be because there has been no way to prevent it through negotiation and the mobilization of world opinion. In which case we should have the voluntary support of many nations, which is far better than the decision of one nation alone, or even of a few nations. United Nations
The morality of a [political] party must grow out of the conscience and the participation of the voters. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The more you are in public life, the more you wonder at the credulity of the average human being. Human Nature
The outstanding factor in their program is the use of the schools. Instead of closing them at four o'clock, they remain open and become community centers. Classes of every description go on just as they do all day, and recreational programs are carried out. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The President sets the policies and Congress does not. Our lawmakers in Washington ratify and implement what the President wants, but if he is a strong leader and can hold his own party together, even with the majority of the opposition against him he usually can win over enough members of Congress to carry what legislation he really feels is essential. Legislating & Legislative Process
The principle issue in this election is whether or not you are prepared to do anything new. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The psychology which believes that the white man alone of all the races in the world, has something which must be imposed on all other races, must go. We know today that our chance to live in peace in the future lies in respect for the individual, no matter what his color. Human Nature
The real strength of the democratic theory in opposition to the fascist or communist is that the fascist frankly states that certain people will tell other people what they shall do to be happy, and those other people have little or nothing to say about it. In theory the communists were to do everything in common, in practice a small group there also tells other people what they shall do to achieve their objectives. So far more nearly than any other form of government, the democratic form has allowed people to shape their own government Democracies & Republics
The recent dastardly attack on Walter Reuther of the United Automobile Workers was a shocking occurrence. No matter how great our disagreements are, if we are to continue to be a country ruled by law and not by violence, we must try to bring the whole force of public opinion against actions of this kind, whether they are individual actions motivated by some personal feeling or whether they are group actions. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Republican high command thinks that Henry Wallace will take so many votes away from the Democrats, and so little from the Republicans, that it does not matter what the Republican Party does. Victory will be theirs, they assure themselves. When any political party gets this feeling, it is time for that party to beware. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The rule made by the government, not permitting traveling and limiting the number of people who could go home for Christmas, has made it a rather sad Christmas for many people who save their time off and their money to spend this particular holiday at home. I am sure that there are many homes that are sad also because the war has made this rule a necessity. Space Exploration
The South may well wish that there had never been a slave trade, that Yankee skippers had never brought people from Africa to this country. But they did, and the South prospered greatly from the work of these people. The colored,, built the prosperity of the South. And now, when everywhere in the world slavery is acknowledged to be wrong and full citizenship has been granted to all of our people, we should do it not only in words but in actual deeds and with our hearts. Citizenship & Patriotism ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The Supreme Court has handed down a momentous decision. It has told the realty people that no court in this country can uphold a restrictive covenant which prevents anyone from living in a house or on land which he has bought. Housing
The value of democracy lies in the fact that good or bad government has its roots in the localities where people know each other and where they account for their actions to their neighbors. Democracies & Republics
The wiping out of crime is so largely an economic question because much crime arises from the fact that children grow up in undesirable surroundings and have parents that have been conditioned by the same type of environment. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Theodore Roosevelt is perhaps one of the most colorful personalities in our history and will always be, I think, an influence on the youth of the country. His spirit was ever youthful and he lived his philosophy with all his might, never grudging in his praise of others, thereby bringing out in them the desire to meet his standards of integrity and duty. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are 800,000 refugees who are being cared for by the U.N. and have been cared for since, during the war, their own Moslem mufti in Jerusalem called upon the Arabs in Israel to leave. Israel was not the aggressor in this war. The Arabs were the aggressors. The partition of Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel was the result of U.N. action. The Arabs did not accept the new state. So Israel fought and gained more land, holding it by defeating her Arab attackers. The Arabs who did not heed the call of the Mufti and leave Israel during the war are still living there. War & Peace
There are only two ways to bring about protection of the workers, however, legislation and unionization. So far the majority of the people in this country seem to favor unions as a more democratic and elastic method, though certain things must be dealt with by legislation Health, Healthcare & Medicine
There are so many things which you do not have to consider if you are developing and studying a theory in a classroom. It is useful to deal with theories in developing youthful minds, for later they will deal with facts and profit by what they have learned of other men's thoughts, but it is quite different to be faced with actual situations that have to be met in one way or another in a given period of time. Miscellaneous
There are some men to whom party success is so important that they seem willing to endanger this country. Political Parties & Machines
There are times when public men must be able to accept ridicule and defeat, and wait for time either to prove them right, or to give them another chance. There are other times when it is probably wiser to compromise on half victories, so long as the trend is in the right direction. To do this effectively, however, and wisely is a very difficult thing. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is a widespread understanding among the people of this nation, and probably among the people of the world, that there is no safety except through the prevention of war. War & Peace
There is always room at the top but to arrive there and to stay there requires exceptional industry, exceptional qualifications and the courage to think along original lines. Leaders & Leadership
There is, however, one consolation to anyone who lives in the public eye, namely, that while it may be most difficult to keep the world from knowing where you dine and what you eat and what you wear, so much interest is focused on these somewhat unimportant things, that you are really left completely free to live your own inner life as you wish. Secrecy & Transparency ;Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Defense & National Security
There probably were floods when our land was newly settled but before we cut our trees so recklessly they were not so serious. If we go to the headwaters of our rivers and we will find the cause and the results which follow in the wake of man's destructive ignorance. Environment & Environmentalism
Therein lies the greatness of man. Fear is never allowed to dominate that desire for greater knowledge and as long as mankind retains that spirit we will move forward. Human Nature
These men who come out of prison have offended against society, they cannot expect that society will immediately forget their offense. On the other hand, for its own protection, society would do well to make it possible at least for such men and women as really wish to go straight, to go straight …. I wish that every community from which individuals go to prison might have an organization which would be notified when they are returned to society. It would then be this organization's responsibility to find these individuals a job, suited to their capacities and training, which would bring them a decent living. At the same time some one person beside the parole officer who has a few hundred people to look after, should be responsible for helping these men, and women too, to adjust back to their environment. They must begin to do things for others and to be useful outside of their actual work, or they will not feel themselves anchored permanently to their good intentions. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
These men who come out of prison have offended against society, they cannot expect that society will immediately forget their offense. On the other hand, for its own protection, society would do well to make it possible at least for such men and women as really wish to go straight, to go straight. We must face the fact that once a person has found it possible to get a living in crooked ways, they have a knowledge which makes it easier to return to those ways than if they had never known them. Therefore it is harder to keep in the straight and narrow path of virtue! Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
They can not go from door to door and not directly contact other people's lives. Their sympathy and understanding is bringing I believe, a new note into political life and is going to have a more far-reaching effect upon the policies of governments, than any of us realize. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This bringing up of children is so blithely undertaken by many of us, and the vast majority have had no training. It is one of those professions that every woman thinks she can undertake, so nobody really prepares for it. Families, Children & Parenting
This gentleman feels that all the members of Congress should have access to all the information which is in the hands of officials in the executive branch who deal with foreign affairs. He states that this is so in England and France. I think the gentleman must be mistaken, for it would be "agin" human nature for so many people to know a secret and keep it! Much of the information which comes to officials dealing with foreign affairs is uncorroborated, but valuable as background material. The sources of this information would soon dry up if it became the property of too many people. It seems to me that in foreign affairs, as in all matters of government, one must deal with reality, recognize human nature as it is and set up machinery to deal with real situations, not those which we wish existed. Secrecy & Transparency ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
This is a time for action — not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery. It is also a time for facing the fact that you cannot use a weapon, even though it is the weapon that gives you greater strength than other nations, if it is so destructive that it practically wipes out large areas of land and great numbers of innocent people. War & Peace
This law was not making people drink any less, but it was making hypocrites and law breakers of a great number of people. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
This living in a democracy is a problem, isn't it? Democracies & Republics
This need of a symbol, something to look up to, to trust, to rely on, is a very deep need in human nature. On it in the past has been built every theory of government. Kings grew out of it; dictators grow out of it today; and the real test of Democracy is whether we can feel this way about our leaders and yet keep enough reliance in ourselves to preserve the individual responsibility that must exist in every citizen if democracies are to endure. Citizenship & Patriotism
This question of free text books in public schools seems to me one that should be given more consideration than has been done in the past. New York City provides them, individual towns and villages do the same, but the vast number of rural schools, particularly in poorer districts, put the burden on the parents to buy the books the children need. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
This will not be disloyalty but will show that as members of a party they are loyal first to the fine things for which the party stands and when it rejects those things or forgets the legitimate objects for which parties exist, then as a party it cannot command the honest loyalty of its members. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
This younger generation is paying in many cases, for the sins of its elders. Families, Children & Parenting
To me, the democratic system represents man's best and brightest hope of self-fulfillment, of a life rich in promise and free from fear; the one hope, perhaps, for the complete development of the whole man. But I know, and learn more clearly every day, that we cannot keep our system strong and free by neglect, by taking it for granted, by giving it our second-best attention. We must be prepared, like the suitor in The Merchant of Venice - and, I might point out, the successful suitor - to give and hazard all we have. Citizenship & Patriotism
To safeguard the people's money what we call red tape is tied around all government activity until the really efficient honest public servant has a somewhat difficult time, but we are still laboring under the theory that the majority of the world is dishonest. Bureaucracy
To some of us, hunger was more academic than real, but we must try to develop the ability to feel the urgency of such a situation. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Understanding is a two-way street. Human Nature
Unquestionably unions and their leaders are not always wise and fair any more than any other human beings. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Unquestionably unions and their leaders are not always wise and fair any more than any other human beings. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Unquestionably unions and their leaders are not always wise and fair any more than any other human beings. There are only two ways to bring about protection of the workers, however, legislation and unionization. So far the majority of the people in this country seem to favor unions as a more democratic and elastic method, though certain things must be dealt with by legislation. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Up to a certain point it is good for us to know that there are people in the world who will give us love and unquestioned loyalty to the limit of their ability. I doubt, however, if it is good for us to feel assured of this without the accompanying obligation of having to justify this devotion by our behavior. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We [politicians] have a bad habit of not putting ourselves in the place of those we are trying to represent, and whose needs we are supposed to be considering. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We … travelled through the enemy's territory on our way to the ferry and while the streets were very full and there were many waves and cheers, there was no lack of boos which amused me a good deal, for I rather think that that kind of demonstration is an asset in certain ways. After all the whole world can't think and feel alike! Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We are such a large country that it is sometimes hard for us to realize that we are one nation, and that the interests of one part of the country, though they may be at variance with other parts, must react on each other and are therefore of interest to all men and women everywhere in the United States. States. Nations & Nationhood
We ask ourselves daily whether we are contributing all that we possibly can to the war effort. The war is our war, and many of the people we love must give their lives to this crusade, and there must be some contribution which we can make which taxes the best that is in us. That is our ever-present challenge. War & Peace
We face the future fortified with the lessons we have learned from the past. It is today that we must create the world of the future. Spinoza, I think, pointed out that we ourselves can make experience valuable when, by imagination and reason, we turn it into foresight. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk. Negotiating & Negotiations
We in this country have to realize that that Castro revolution against General Batista came about because of conditions that had been allowed to continue over the years in which a large number of people of Cuba had been exploited, ignored and beaten down. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people. It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves. History
We may pay high taxes but if it means that many hard working people have better lives, I am glad to do so. Taxes
We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. Freedom & Liberty
We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We must want peace, but not be afraid of war because our fear of war made us compromise during these past few years with our principles and our standards. War & Peace
We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789 the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the U.S., and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries... Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We will have to want peace, want it enough to pay for it, pay for it in our own behavior and in material ways. We will have to want it enough to overcome our lethargy and go out and find all those in other countries who want it as much as we do. War & Peace
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Miscellaneous
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
When people complain to me as they frequently do that laws such as the social Security Act are faulty in certain points, I wonder why they expect them to be anything else for in the case of legislation dealing with entirely new objectives the methods chosen are quite probable to prove faulty when actually in operation. It is one of the cases where one must learn as one goes along and use the experience one acquires to constantly improve on what must be begun purely on theory. Legislating & Legislative Process ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
When she cannot reach her own boys, many a mother gets great satisfaction by cooking extra food and having boys who are on leave, or boys from the camps, come to her for Sunday dinner. The churches are one of the many organizations in every community working along these lines. War & Peace
When we make mistakes ourselves we hate to have other people notice them, but when the boot is on the other foot, we leave nothing unnoticed. The youngest child acts this way, and the greatest statesmen. Human Nature
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Human Nature ;War & Peace
When you begin to speak for a nation as big as ours, it seems to me that any one individual is undertaking an extremely difficult piece of work. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
When you learn a thing, try to use it sufficiently often not to forget it! Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, closes to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
While a law is in force it should be lived up to. You have a right to try to change it, and if you can persuade the majority that it should be changed then it will be changed. But you must abide by a law until it is changed or you will be flouting the fundamental things that make us a democracy and a law-abiding nation. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Why cannot some of the money the government spends be used to take the children and youths who will become criminals, and educate them and put them into suitable environments so that they will become normal people? Families, Children & Parenting
Why cannot we sit down together with a board of arbitration, honestly state our difficulties and try to work out a sane method of procedure? Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders …? Human Nature
Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people? Leaders & Leadership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Willkie stood head and shoulders above all the others. If his party had permitted him to act independently, he might possibly even have rivaled my husband's New Deal, or President Truman's Fair Deal, in an effort to give the people what he felt they were entitled to have. His defeat, I believe, was largely due to the fact that many people realized how well organized and conservative was the backbone of the Republican party and did not dare trust him at that time to meet the complicated problems arising which might call for the courage to use new and untried methods. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Without equality there can be no democracy. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Women must become more conscious of themselves as women and of their ability to function as a group. At the same time they must try to wipe from men’s consciousness the need to consider them as a group or as women in their everyday activities, especially as workers in industry or the professions. Discrimination & Prejudice
Yes, and many of them still do. Public Opinion & Polling
Yesterday afternoon I signed a radio contract with the Lamont, Corliss Company, makers of Pond's products. The money will be paid as usual to the American Friends Service Committee …. I am really looking forward to this work for … I enjoy both the working up of the programs and the feeling of contact with a great many people which comes about through the letters which I get after each broadcast. Media, Journalism & The Press
Yesterday afternoon the Egyptian Minister came to bring me a gift from the first factory which had been opened in Egypt. They have always imported their linen and cotton material and for the first time they are actually making cotton and linen articles. It seemed almost incredible to me when one realizes how much cotton is grown there and that they had had no factory before for its manufacture into articles of everyday use. Development & Growth
Yesterday the President had one of his busiest days. …. The corridor outside his study has been filled with gentlemen all day long. I often wonder how it is possible to adjust to so many different people and their interests in the course of a day, but after all that is one of the things every President must learn to do. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You cannot escape anxiety … but I have faith that you will rise above your fears. War & Peace
You will feel that you are no longer clothing yourself, you are dressing a public monument. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Young people who have worked in NYA, boys who have worked on the CCC programs, saving our soil and improving our forests, men who have worked on WPA, and women too, will get little credit or thanks for the things which have come to be accepted as part of the landscape. These things would never have been done if it had not been for this period of depression and the necessity of putting people to work for the Government. This woman thinks an immense physical improvement has been made and a greatly added interest in government has begun to take hold on the people. This is the greatest gain which can be made in a democracy. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. Women
Actors are one family over the entire world. Families, Children & Parenting
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History ;Religion & God
Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide. War & Peace
As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life. Life
Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. Time
Do one thing every day that scares you. Development & Growth ;Personal Growth, Experience and Development
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.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect. Freedom & Liberty
Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. Friendship
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. Happiness & Unhappiness
Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war. War & Peace
I do not think that I am a natural born mother... If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father.
I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role. Life
I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
I think I lived those years very impersonally. It was almost as though I had erected someone outside myself who was the president's wife. I was lost somewhere deep down inside myself. That is the way I felt and worked until I left the White House.
I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me 'understand' something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Life
I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life! Life
In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. Life
My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality. Nature
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. Happiness & Unhappiness
The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours - and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
The giving of love is an education in itself. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The mother of a family should look upon her housekeeping and the planning of meals as a scientific occupation. Families, Children & Parenting
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.
The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.
Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression. Women
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. Relationships
What one has to do usually can be done.
What you don't do can be a destructive force.
When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor. Life
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Motivation
You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself. Life
You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
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. Inspiration