Book Review: You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

“We cannot shut the windows and pull down the shades; we cannot say, “I have learned all I need to know; my opinions are fixed on everything. I refuse to change or to consider these new things.” Not today. Not any more.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living

Title: You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir, Philosophy, History, Self help
Length: 5 hrs, 29 mins
Published: January 28th, 1960

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 10/13/2023 – 10/24/2023


Over the years I’ve heard a number of great quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt. I never realized she had books published until I came across this one. My high exceptions were met and then some. 

While not necessarily an autobiography, near the end of her life Eleanor Roosevelt compiled the lessons she learned through various experiences. Each life lesson is nicely organized into each chapter of the book, making it easy to read out of order if so desired. 

Though I’d personally consider it more of an inspirational read than self-help, her eloquent writing and zest for life were uplifting. I started by listening to the audiobook version and then purchased a copy halfway through. Is her advice practical to the average person in the modern age where we have new sets of problems that were not around in her lifetime? Not quite how it was presented, however, her words are stepping stones. 

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Organized well.
  • An overall engaging read.
  • Super inspiring!

What I disliked:

  • Dated in places, but that’s to be expected.


I ended up purchasing two paperback copies. One to go back and annotate and a lending copy!

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