Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States during her husband’s (FDR) time in office from 1933 – 1945. She was also an outspoken, feminist, civil rights humanitarian that earned her a top 10 spot on “Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.” The quote below is one of her most famous quotes these days with its empowering message and viral nature. It has some clouded origins, but it seems to have been said some time before 1940 when it ran in a Readers Digest article.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Lesson: Quite simply it means you should be able to control your mood. If you are insulted, then it shouldn’t make you feel bad or defeated or ‘inferior’ if you know it to be otherwise.
It’s important to remember that we can control our own mood when faced with adversity such as hecklers or bullies.
A quick thank you to the Quote Investigator for some of the information of it’s origins.