"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Eleanor Roosevelt on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Eleanor Roosevelt on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Eleanor Roosevelt on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Eleanor Roosevelt on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Eleanor Roosevelt on Joseph Stalin
"Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice."
"Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday."
"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"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."