Wisdom of Life

Eleanor Roosevelt: On the Wisdom and the Purpose of Life

“If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say:
the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced,
can true happiness be attained.
To leave the world richer—that is the ultimate success.”

 

AM1099_FDRLib-800x1150“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it. All anyone can do is to point out ways and means which have been helpful to others. Perhaps they will serve as suggestions to stimulate your own thinking until you know what it is that will fulfill you, will help you to find out what you want to do with your life. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. All of life is a constant education. [And] the giving of love is an education in itself.

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.

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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. To be mature you have to realize what you value most. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.

If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll have a wonderful time doing it.

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

Excerpts from:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, The Wisdom Of Eleanor Roosevelt

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~Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

Excellence Reporter 2019

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