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Quotes of the Day for 11 October 2003 – Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born at New York City on this day in 1884. When she was eight her mother died and her father was committed to an insane asylum due to drug and alcohol addictions. In 1903 she was engaged to a distant cousin, Franklin and married him in 1905. Five years later she launched her own ambitious political and public service efforts and became a major public figure in 1932 when FDR was elected president.

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The quotes:

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

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.

If you have any interests you can gain a wider audience for those interests while the goldfish bowl is yours.

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

You always admire what you really don't understand.
     - All from Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 - 1962

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