Mary Schmich Quotes

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt but research by Quote Investigator concludes it should be attributed to Mars Schmich. See the link in the citation.

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  • Born: November 29, 1953
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist

Mary Theresa Schmich is an American journalist. She has been a columnist for the Chicago Tribune since 1992, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Her columns are syndicated nationally by Tribune Content Agency. She wrote the comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter for the last 28 of its 60 years and she wrote the 1997 column "Wear Sunscreen", with the often quoted "Do one thing every day that scares you", frequently misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.