Top 15 Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes about Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States of America (1933-1945) was a prominent American diplomat and activist. She worked especially for human rights and women rights. As the chair of the Human Rights Commission, Eleanor Roosevelt made the draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was one of her great life achievements. Anyway, in this post, you’ll read 15 Eleanor Roosevelt quotes about human rights, freedom, peace etc.

15 Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes about Human Rights

 “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world … Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“The UN is our greatest hope for future peace. Alone we cannot keep the peace of the world, but in cooperation with others we have to achieve this much longed-for security.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Top 15 Eleanor Roosevelt quotes about human rights

“We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind, that is the approval by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s your life—but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else or a community or a pressure group, you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is neither unusual nor new for me to have Negro friends, nor is it unusual for me to have found my friends among all races and religions of people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With Freedom comes responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The word liberal comes from the word free. We must cherish and honor the word free or it will cease to apply to us.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am opposed to ‘right to work’ legislation because it does nothing for working people, but instead gives employers the right to exploit labor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Basically we could not have peace, or an atmosphere in which peace could grow, unless we recognized the rights of individual human beings… their importance, their dignity… and agreed that was the basic thing that had to be accepted throughout the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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“You like to respect and admire someone whom you love, but actually, you love even more the people who require understanding and who make mistakes and have to grow with their mistakes.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“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 at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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