A quiet, lonely girl, Eleanor Roosevelt was born to a world of privilege, but not one of love. Eleanor found solace in books and in the life of her lively and independent mind. Her intellectual gifts and compassionate heart won her the admiration of many friends--and the love of her future husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While other young women of her class were spending time at dances and parties, Eleanor devoted her energies to teaching children in New York City's poorest neighborhoods. Later, she became the most socially and politically active--and controversial--First Lady that America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever.
"Very early I knew there were men and women and children who suffered."
"What one has to do usually can be done."
"You must do the things you cannot do."
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right -- for you'll be criticized anyway."
"Do something everyday that scares you."