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You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,194 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Mrs. Roosevelt expresses her philosophy of life by relating the experiences which have enabled her to cope with personal and public responsibilities.
Paperback, 211 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 28th 1960)
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Apr 03, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any woman who would like to learn from an extraordinary woman.
I loved, loved, loved this book. I felt this book is a rare gem that few people know about. It was like listening to a wise grandma casting her pearls of wisdom that are still very applicable today. The thing I loved the most is that I think anyone could relate to Eleanor Roosevelt! She was an extraordinary woman, yet so ordinary(like you and me) at the same time.
This is one that I will definitely read again.
Melissa Baggett
In this book, Eleanor Roosevelt outlines eleven actions that each person must take in order to lead a fulfilling life. They are as follows:
1. Learning to Learn--This first key makes the others possible. A fulfilled person must be curious and must learn to use his or her mind as a tool to understand and influence the world. Roosevelt insists that beyond discipline and training, a sense that life is an adventure makes people not only willing but passionate to learn about themselves, their fellow h
Emilee Crowder
Aug 24, 2015 Emilee Crowder rated it really liked it
i've always adored eleanor roosevelt but i do so much more after this book. she is such a wise woman & has so many great things to say--i couldn't stop highlighting. so many great stories from her life experiences. it made me really think about what i have learned from living. i seriously think everyone should read this & the world would be a happier & better place, it made me want to be a better person after reading
kind of a facts of life sort of thing, very practical - most of it not hugely surprising, but nice to have that voice with its background of experience and hearing what kind of advice she'd give. also a quick take toward the end on both the price of and need for participation in politics, from the local up to the international, from 'mere' voting up to representation and bill writing.

In some ways the way she thinks about and talks of the various parts of life reminded me of my grandmother, thou
Jan 29, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
In just 11 chapters, Eleanor shares with us her own interpretation of the basic philosophy of life. She believes that her basic philosophy is best expressed in the choices one makes daily. She discusses fear, a stumbling block, the great crippler, is something we all face. She stated "Looking back, it strikes me that my childhood and my early youth were one long battle against fear." She realized that "the danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you f ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Carey rated it liked it
This book is basically a memoir of Eleanor's beliefs and ideas that she had during her life. It's not an autobiography which is what our bookclub was looking for our selection. Maybe we should've looked more closely at the book before choosing it. It did provide many ideas that are still relevant today; such as... The importance of education, reading, choices, happiness, politics, and being a life-long learner. My favorite quote is this... "Whatever period of life we are in is good only to the e ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Marisa rated it liked it
Eleanor Roosevelt is definitely one of my biggest historical heroes, but I have to say that I would not necessarily recommend this book. The 21st century reader has to take everything with a grain of salt given the time period it was written in, which is only to be expected, however I felt that even the core messages of the chapters (which are largely still applicable today) are not written in a way that is particularly engaging or interesting-- and for a woman who did so much, one would think s ...more
Miz Lizzie
Aug 19, 2011 Miz Lizzie rated it it was amazing
So interesting on so many different levels. The book serves as a self-help manual, a memoir, a textbook on good citizenship and how to become a public servant, a source of small meaningful stories and inspirational tidbits, and a historical document. Written at the end of her life, Eleanor Roosevelt embraced her role as Elder and Public Servant to write a book summarizing the greatest lessons of her life to share with others. In brief, make deliberate effort to overcome your fears, small and lar ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
I was surprised that I didn't enjoy this book more than I did. I found myself frequently saying YES! That's true! but what would have been quite controversial in 1962 seems rather mundane now. I found her writing style to be a bit arrogant or patronizing (which is hardly surprising given the life she led - she's earned the right to speak authoritatively but somehow, it just rubbed me the wrong way) and at times, the writing seemed very dated to me. I'd really like to read her autobiography - I t ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Josilyn rated it it was amazing
WOW. Although written in 1960, this book still resounds with relevance today, and it should be required reading for every young adult who wants to know how to make the most of life. If students had to read this in high school, I believe that an entire generation would benefit and be better people as a result. Many of the values put forth in this book are ones that are prone to be forgotten in this day and age, but they should not be. Most likely this will be one of the 5 most influential books I ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book was ok. I didn't find it super life changing or anything. Its a pretty simple basic book, targets to the point where we should learn as much as we can, and face our fears, and try new things. Thats what I like about Eleanor Roosevelt. What I've read about her, it seems as if she was a shy girl, but as she got older, she wanted to learn as much as she could and do new things and stop being afraid of things. Basically she lived her life.
Heather Friedman
Sep 10, 2015 Heather Friedman rated it it was amazing
It's unbelievable how accurate and still relevant many of Eleanor Roosevelt's observations and recommendations are. I enjoyed this little book of reflection and found it motivating and inspiring in how I can evolve and grow in little ways throughout my day. She is a fascinating woman and this was a great read on advice from parenting to how to be a better person, citizen, role model.
Nov 28, 2008 Danica rated it it was amazing
A book to keep by your bedside and read a page or two before you go to sleep.
Inspirational, keeping us on the right path
Jun 17, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Eleanor Roosevelt was an extraordinary woman. I feel fortunate to have gotten to know her a little more through her book. This book is broken into eleven key chapters.
1 - Learning to Learn
2 - Fear: The Great Enemy
3 - The Uses of Time
4 - The Difficult Art of Maturity
5 - Readjustment is Endless
6 - Learning to be Useful
7 - The Right to be an Individual
8 - How to Get the Best out of People
9 - Facing Responsibility
10 - How Everyone can Take Part in Politics
11 - Learning to be a Public Servant

The over
Dec 10, 2014 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book after reading a few quotes from it somewhere. It is an immensely quotable book and follows an anecdote, platitude, repeat format. Unlike what I expected, the anecdotes where not from Eleanor’s personal life, but from the lives and observations of people she’s met over the years. (The fault seems to be in my expectations. Perhaps I should have read her biography instead.)

A few things to note.

1. This book is not timeless. It includes many references to current situations betw
Sep 17, 2014 Dionne rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dionne by: Kelli Wick
"Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, 'It can't be done'"

I loved this book, it was amazing. A friend was reading it and was inspired, and so she bought the book for me as well. Eleanor gives a lot of great advice. Some of what she said I've heard other places, but the way she said things inspired me.

The chapter on fear was w
Mar 27, 2010 Kirstin rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
From an academic standpoint I would give this book a 3 stars. She is constantly stating her opinion as absolute statements--some of which I didn't entirely agree. She doesn't defend her opinions and sentiments very well sometimes and for that I just thought the academic aspects of the book were "okay".

From a personal standpoint, I thought the book was a 5 stars. Perhaps because the book is a little outdated, I felt like I was reading counsel from my grandmother. She is a moral person and speaks
Jul 17, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it
This book is a treasure-trove of quotable wisdom. Clearly, it's an auto-biographical account, so you have to take some with a grain of salt, and I even rolled my eyes at some points. But it was a fascinating look into the life of an unarguably great women. It's a very short, easy read.
Biniam Biniam
May 28, 2015 Biniam Biniam rated it it was amazing
At the end of You Learn by Living, Eleanor Roosevelt writes that she feels that her book advice for personal growth and fulfillment boils down to a handful of principles. It is always helpful to successfully complete smaller steps that carry you gradually towards a larger goal. There are more clearly defined objectives, it will be defined between steps achieved and made visible. that motivates incredible
Dec 13, 2010 Kelli rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The overtones of her political progressiveness were a bit hard to swallow. But that being said, it wasn't a complete waste of time. I appreciated the fact that she faced her many fears and conquered them.
Jun 29, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a kind of advice book by Eleanor Roosevelt. It was written about a year before she died. She offers pretty good advice on how to live in this world with other people. Even written in the early 60s she makes a lot of sense. Be responsible with your actions, don't play the blame game. She breaks this down in eleven chapters each dealing with helpful keys on living in this world. She writes a bit about her husband Franklin Roosevelt and being first lady. I found it a bit amusing instead of ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Pauline rated it really liked it
Originally published in 1960, two years before her death, this book shares Eleanor Roosevelt's views on life. It went out of print for years then was re-published in 2011. The subtitle is "Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life". Her insights into life are timely and thought-provoking, as well as just plain quotable. The dedication was made " to my grand-children and great-grandchildren in the hope that sometime they may find a little help in these pages." The first 9 chapters were the best and ...more
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Mar 31, 2016 Mary Karpel-Jergic rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman living an interesting life. Here she distils some of her experience into a particular philosophy on life. Quite simply there cannot be any final answers in life but that must not stop us from asking the questions we meet in our lives. We just must not expect finality "for life is too fluid, too alive for that". Our experiences can only have meaning if we can understand it.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really s
Katrina Sark
Jan 25, 2016 Katrina Sark rated it liked it
Foreword: When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

p.4 – Nobody can learn all he needs to know. Education provides the necessary tools, equipment by which we learn how to learn. The object of all our education and all the development which is a part of education is to give every one of us an instrument which
Allie Smith
It was a pretty good book & an easy read. Her 11 "rules" are logical and her explanation of them, plausible. They also stand the test of time! She was apparently a pioneer of the "Self-help movement." Although, I believe this would appall her…she was not a fan of psychiatry or therapy. Interestingly, all rules are still applicable to our world today.

Her style is a little dated...even if you didn't know WHO wrote it, you would know it was from a different generation and a different time peri
Stephanie Blake
Jul 31, 2013 Stephanie Blake rated it really liked it
Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman - dedicated to her husband, her country and public service. She wrote several books, but as this one was written late in her life - at the age of seventy-six - she had acquired experiences that enabled her to give good advice for those who want to live a full life. The high premium she placed on learning is a great example for us all.

She was very honest in her assessment of herself. She shared many instances of how others taught her the value of learning
Jan 05, 2013 Eleanor rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this short read by a fellow member of team Eleanor. It's filled with very sincere anecdotes from her life, largely in response to the letters she received asking for advice about life in general. There are some fantastic stories and pieces of advice that, though they come from someone two generations removed (or three?) the core of the message is timeless. There's one great story about "time wasters" that had me laughing out loud on the plane. Just when you think Eleanor is going to g ...more
May 18, 2015 Staci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Even though, as the passage she quotes in the afterwords says, "What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?", Mrs. Roosevelt really tried in this book not so much to put down what PEOPLE learn by living as what SHE has learned by just so happens that a good portion of that is relevant for just about everybody. Where this book lacks is in the latter half, when things start becoming less philosophical and more political and therefore start becoming less timeless and mo
Emma-Kate Schaake
Aug 06, 2016 Emma-Kate Schaake rated it it was amazing
Eleanor Roosevelt is now my hero. After reading My Year with Eleanor, I was intrigued to hear more from her and I was inspired by almost every word. She had a beautiful attitude about self reliance and inner peace, a passion for learning, and such a succinct way of getting to the heart of so many of humanities issues. I highlighted countless pages with tips for living my own life as deeply as I can, and I loved her insights about politics and the greater world which are, surprisingly, still appl ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Eleanor Roosevelt was an incredibly bright, caring, humble, witty, and wise woman. I didn't quite know what to expect upon picking up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how captivated I was from the start. Her writing was very honest and personal, especially with all of the examples she proffers from things she's observed and lessons she's learned. I'm a person who loves to write down quotes from books that really speak to me. In this book, within the first chapter I was already findin ...more
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition ...more
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