Thank you, dear Eleanor.

“When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

I have decided upon a belief, conviction if one chooses to deem it that. Many will assuredly not quite understand and may seek to espouse hate in my direction for this belief. Hate they may, I will not hate them in return though. My belief is in that of love and human potentiality. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt expresses a lot of what I find myself convicted in.

“For 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 for it.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“A mature person is one who is 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” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is nothing to regret – either for those who go or for those who are left behind” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one can hurt you without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being-we can do it.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Understanding is a two-way street.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The giving of love is an education in itself.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by 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.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“What one has to do usually can be done.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“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” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“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 would be curiosity.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Change means the unknown.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“All of life is a constant education.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’m so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Friends, you and me… you brought another friend… and then there were three… we started our group… our circle of friends… and like that circle… there is no beginning or end.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“We will never have peace without friendship around the world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“What you don’t do can be a destructive force.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. 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.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“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.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war and no one will win the next.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“What is to give light must endure the burning.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“In a democratic society we must live cooperatively, and serve the community in which we live, to the best of our ability. For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you know to laugh and when to look upon things as too absurd to take seriously, the other person is ashamed to carry through even if he was serious about it.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another’s failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“It was a wife’s duty to be interested in whatever interested her husband, whether it was politics, books, or a particular dish for dinner.” — Eleanor Roosevelt ( The duty of a husband is the same in regarding his wife. — B.K.B  02/13/2016 )

“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 his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you dear, Eleanor. You helped me comprehend much recently and to conclude upon a great deal of conviction. You show a clear way to battle against the monsters. We owe you gratitude for that. Again, thank you.