Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt

Anecdote 1...

Harry Truman had accepted the vice presidency with extreme reluctance. On April 12, 1945, he was summoned to the White House. There he was shown into Eleanor Roosevelt’s sitting room and she told him gently that President Roosevelt was dead. After a moment’s stunned silence, Truman asked her, “Is there anything I can do for you?”

She shook her head. “Is there anything we can do for you?” she said. “For you’re the one in trouble now.”


You must do the things you think you cannot do.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Anecdote 2...

Once Mrs. Roosevelt began a speech to a group of women with the words, “I was talking with a man the other day, and he said....” After she explained the man’s views, one of the women, impressed by the analysis, asked, “Who was that man you talked to?” “Franklin,” said Mrs. Roosevelt.

Biographical Note: 

Eleanore Roosevelt was a U.S. writer and lecturer, and wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Her writings include It’s Up to the Women (1933) and The Moral Basis of Democracy (1940).