Thought for the Day: I was on the Stage with Eleanor Roosevelt

Kingsbury Hall Univ. of Utah

Kingsbury Hall Univ. of Utah

I was on the Stage with Eleanor Roosevelt

In November of 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt visited Utah and spoke at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah where I was an engineering undergraduate student. There was a student committee who greeted her at the Salt Lake City airport. I was not on that committee, I had absolutely nothing to do with arranging the program, yet I was on the stage with Eleanor. Reason was that I arrived late and the hall was jam-packed with students. I was put on the stage because there was nowhere else to sit.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor was a great lady, her features not attractive, a mind and voice and words of great beauty. Years later, I visited the Roosevelt home in Maine on the Canadian border. I could feel the spirit of the family there, bigger than life. I could see where they ate and slept and went to the bathroom and where they swam together. Quite an experience.

Quotations by Eleanor Roosevelt

ER 3Here are some quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, a major ambassador of United Nations, and cousin of the president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt (thanks to brainyquote.com):

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
Eleanor Roosevelt

ER 2A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

ER 1I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

John

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