Eleanor Roosevelt

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Explain Dominant Color Explain Auxiliary Color

The Red in this spiritual portrait represents Eleanor's dominant trait, her warmth and compassion. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. She demonstrated this trait in the way she cared for people, in her family and in all of America as a whole.

The Blue in this spiritual portrait represents Eleanor's auxiliary trait, her idealism. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. She demonstrated this trait in the way she would always try to help others work for and have a better future.

First Lady and Wife of FDR

An orphan at 10, Eleanor Roosevelt's story is quite inspirational....

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Eleanor Roosevelt:
The Story

An orphan at 10, Eleanor Roosevelt's story is quite inspirational.

So Many Wonderful Quotes!

Eleanor was a prolific writer, and following are some quotes that should help motivate anyone who doesn't know much about her to learn more.

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.

Pithy and filled with positive energy, she was full of words to remember and phrases to live by:

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.
Happiness is not a goal ... it's a by-product of a life well lived.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

Last but Not Least!

I've saved the best — from my point of view, anyway — for last:

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.

I love this quote because it's scary to create a site like this! What if someone hacks it? What if people make fun of me for trying to draw personalities? I see the look in the eyes of people when I tell them about it. What if someone steals my idea? What if this, what if that, what if...??? Yes I know they are just a bunch of squares! Like, duh!

Thank you, Eleanor for sharing the key to your courage with me — and everyone else!


This spiritual portrait is based on Ken Burns' film The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait. In addition to Eleanor, this work covers her uncle Theodore and her husband Franklin, and spans seven DVDs. I enjoyed watching it (twice!) and recommend it highly!

There are many, many more of her quotes online. The wikiquote site is a great place to start. Enjoy!