Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Who Said It?

I watched The Presidents on H2 Monday and was reminded how awesome some of our presidents have been. Each, I imagine have shining moments, but in quiet reflection, I think that it is the First Ladies who interest me the most. Think about it. Not only do they need to know and understand politics, but they have to look fabulous while doing it. They must show grace and dignity and certainly in today's 24/7 news media frenzy, they must also never have a bad moment.

Out of all the First Ladies, I think Eleanor Roosevelt has got to be my favorite. And that's just based on what I learned about her in history class and the few shows I've watched that focus on FDR. I've never been a big biography person before. I like to stick with novels or philosophy or science. But I think that on my next library trip, I will be picking up a few bios.

On that note, I will leave you with a few Eleanor Roosevelt quotes.

  • A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
  • 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.
  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
  • 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.
  • If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.


  1. Replies
    1. She was and the more I read up on her, the more amazed I am! Can't wait to borrow a few books about her!

  2. I went to Washington DC last February and feel in love with Eleanor Roosevelt. What an inspirational women!