I am reading an Elinor Roosevelt biography right now and holy fuck was she ever amazing!

Just to share a quick quote from her book:
“Life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

I love having heroes and role models. People who forged a path that you want to walk!

PS… Tomorrow human construct, limiting beleifs, and the Olympics. I promise!

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  • taylor nikole

    on August 17, 2008 at 12:54 am

    hmm I’m trying to get through that ‘the unbearable lightness of being book’
    its fun…
    and ive set 5 books aside for reading in the next week. ๐Ÿ™‚
    another interesting one im planning to read is ‘flowers for algernon’

    mhm she was amazing though!

    hmm believe it or not you are one of my role models *shock and awe*
    haha not so much a hero though.. hmm

    role model as in… older (than me) female actress whom i aspire to, not exactly be like… but take as an example..
    and you just seem to be like an all around chill person ๐Ÿ™‚
    like every other person who ive met who has posted on here…

    not so much as having a hero but more of an admiration for one given person or more.

    Id have to say my heros are my friends… they keep me sane ๐Ÿ™‚
    without a role model… I could still be something, but without my heros I would be nothing… in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

    <3 taylor nikol

  • taylor nikole

    on August 17, 2008 at 1:13 am

    ohh and as for olympics!
    8 gold medals!
    I was seriously on the edge of my seat…
    just hoping and praying for that 8th!
    and US helped phelps get his 8th!
    watching ‘history’ is fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kris

    on August 17, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Ooooohhh, I’m #3 to post…I can’t sleep, so I’m playing on the computer.

    Eleanor Roosevelt…definitely quite an influential woman…and highly quotable!

    Heroes & role models??

    My grandmother, whom we lost prematurely to lung cancer (DON’T SMOKE, AND IF YOU DO, QUIT!), was always subconsciously my hero & role model after my mother died when I was 4. In my adulthood, I’ve become aware at how hard I try to be just like her–to give a smile or a laugh to everybody I meet, to never quit when faced with adversity, to encourage people to be better and to choose to make the most of what you have, and to absolutely find joy every day.

    And then of course there’s Superman ๐Ÿ™‚

    “They (humans) can be a great race if they choose to be…they need only the light to show them the way.”

  • Bethy

    on August 17, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Ay, I’m ashamed of my self. I can’t even remember the last book I really read! Lately I’ve been trying to commit myself to one good book. Sounds like the biography of Eleanor Roosevelt is a good one.

    Heroes and role models: uhmm… growing up, I’ve always considered superman to be my hero and role model… it’s not because he can fly, shoot fire, etc. But because of his undying faith in the human race. No matter what they did to him, he was still so kind and so generous to them. I remember wondering is there are people like that in the world.

    Chloe to Clark: “If more people would be like you, the world would be a better place” (sigh, love that scene)

    Also, my parents, I admire them because they are so generous. Always going out of their way to help someone. To me, kindness and generosity are the most important qualities a person could have.

    And I must say, Allison, you’ve also became my role model. Not as an actress, since I’ve never acted before, aside from faking sickness so that my parents would let me miss school, lol; though you are a fantastic actress! But as a person… you’re soo intelligent and passionate about life. It’s amazing!


  • Lydia

    on August 17, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Another book? Oh my goodness, reading books, plus reading material for your directing debut, filming Smallville, writing you blog, a personal life,…how do you manage to do it all so graciously well? Wow.:-)
    You are a woman of many talents.

    This a beautiful quote. I hadn’t read this one yet. I like many of Eleanor Roosevelt’s quotes and I’d like to read her biography too.

    I’m a little confused, what is it with ‘Elinor’?

    My role models (my mom, you, Tabby, Kristin, Mariska Hargitay, …) have helped become the woman I am today and they are constantly inspiring me.
    There has been a moment though where I felt sad because I envied their lives. These extraordinary women are positively influencing people’s lives and I want to make a difference and help people.
    Sometimes I do have this ‘oh-I-wish’ feeling but, I give it a positive turn, I truly want to live life and I continue to build a life of my own and be a good person to everyone around me, inspired by my role models.

  • Ana_Sullivan

    on August 17, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Yeah!! That’s an amazing sentence it’s absolutely true.
    I want to share with you another quotes:

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
    but because of those who look on and do nothing.
    Albert Einstein

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
    M.K. Gandhi

    A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
    Abraham Lincoln

    And another quotes from actresses that I love too:

    People say that you’re going the wrong way when it’s simply a way of your own
    Angelina Jolie

    I’m not one of those people who thinks they simply deserve success. I have the drive to work.
    Bridget Moynahan

    Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose?
    Eliza Dushku

    The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.
    Natalie Portman

    Treat everyone the same until you find out they’re an idiot.
    Lucy Lawless

    When I look back on it now, I am so glad that the one thing that I had in my life was my belief that everything in life is a learning experience, whether it be positive or negative. If you can see it as a learning experience, you can turn any negative into a positive.
    Neve Campbell

    what do you think about these quotes?

  • Kathy-Lynn Brown

    on August 17, 2008 at 2:52 am

    My role models is my mom, When she was eleven years old she fell in love and married my dad. They’ve been happily married every since. In a world like we live in you don’t find that too often, but my husband and I want to be just like my parents. Even though they are older they still call each other and plan dates. It’s the sweetest thing ever.
    My father is also my role model because growing up he lived in a plantation in southern GA. His parents had plenty of money and plenty of people who worked for them. They even had a butler. When my father turned 13 within a couple of months he lost both his parents. Being the youngest of 18 kids all the oldest got the money and my dad was sent from Alabama to Florida from one relative to the next. He lived out of cars and worked everyday at such a young age he learned what it was to have to work and struggle for his next meal. But he never gave up. He has worked hard every since until he had a heart attack about four years ago. My parents are amazing people that over came a lot in there lives but never gave up on living it to it’s fullest.

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on August 17, 2008 at 3:12 am

    โ€œCompetition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.โ€

    Franklin D. Roosevelt (A very smart man!)

    โ€œA woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.โ€

    โ€œFriendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.โ€

    And my personal favourite!

    โ€œBeautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.โ€

    Eleanor Roosevelt, proof that behind every great man is an even greater woman!


  • Gaia

    on August 17, 2008 at 3:50 am

    awsome! I’ll check out all the blog you’ll write when I’ll be back fron England four days there! I’ll miss you Allison. The 25th is my birthday ๐Ÿ˜€ Take care


    on August 17, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Would like to play probably it cinema:)

  • Jennifer

    on August 17, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Eleanor Roosevelt was a great woman. To quote her โ€œThe 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 experiences.โ€

    Hey Allison what’s up with the spelling “Elinor”? Is it a typing error?

  • Gilles Belanger

    on August 17, 2008 at 7:08 am

    the only books i mainly read are stephen king. thats all i mainly collect. i cant find any books to be honest to find and i try to if u have any ideas or anyone on here that can help me that be sweet. and as for my rolemodel i would have to say my parents cause if it wasnt for them well as probobly many of u know i am disabled and they always tell me to not look at the chair and to do what any able body human can do. so i consider them my role model.

    Gilles ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Nigel Woodhouse

    on August 17, 2008 at 7:57 am

    For Allison, a simple philosophy of life:

    There are many wonderful things in the world, and also many terrible things.

    During our time on Earth, we should try to enjoy the good things of life and endeavour to change the bad things.

  • Melissa

    on August 17, 2008 at 9:03 am

    An indredible topic about your role models!!!!! Our world won’t be the same without them,no matter if they are from some fiction books or are real people living with us,because the reason why we love them an respect them is because they give us a great way to follow,they inspire us to become a better person,they influencie us to do the good in this world,they are like our guide in life.My personal role model or hero is my sister Laura.I’ve never thought she’ll be it.She’s two years old older than me,she’s 18 and have an indredible inteligence,is really funny,you never get boring with her and she gives you the best advices ever!!!! She’s an inspiration to me and also to my little brother.She’s my hero too,because in more than three ocations she saved my life,and when I say “save” I meant it.When day I obstructed with the food,and I couldn’t breathe,I got desperate,really really desperate for breath,no one was in my house,my sister was talking on the phone and I started to walk as possible as I could to get to the window where she was talking,giving me the back of her shoulder,then just more second my sister finally turn around and so she saw me Asphyxiated,she shot the phone and run to me,she took by my waist and started to help me breathe,she made me blow all the food on my throat,I could finally breath,thanks to her I’m here righ know,she saved me,that’s why she became my personal hero……I’ll always be grateful to her for everything she did in the past for me,and also because she always helps me at my homework when my parents are working,she’s the best I must admit.Have a wonderful day to all of you.Allison you rock!!!!

  • Jackie

    on August 17, 2008 at 9:23 am

    hey allison. Yeah, elenor rooselvelt seems like a person we could all look up to!!! and i have several ppl i look up to too! Besides my family my role models are….
    Kelly Clarkson
    Carrie Underwood
    Mandy Moore
    and a whole bunch more!!!!!!
    these people (and yourself) give me a pathway to follow and remind myself of things when im in trouble. They (and you) remind me that life is great and that im special just the way i am. and i dont need to change anything.

  • Jackie

    on August 17, 2008 at 9:23 am

    thanx 4 being so great!!!

  • Katlynne

    on August 17, 2008 at 10:12 am

    well… you are a pretty amazing role model also!!! :]]

  • kadosho

    on August 17, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Definitely powerful words, I remember reading her book awhile ago. But it is noteworthy, and should be taken to heart.

    Oddly enough, I am barely just starting my journey in life. This time last year, I was in New Mexico & Arizona, visiting with family. And I learned so much, fromy many people young, and those who’ve seen their life unfold.

    I am a bird, but I haven’t been able to fly. I really want to learn, but there are so many things keeping me on the ground.

  • Kathy

    on August 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Hey Allison,

    What is the name of the Elinor Roosevelt biography your reading? She was truly an inspirational woman who helped to make many changes for American women and for the country itself.

    You know, I had forgotten that you visited China, and I wonder what you think of the Olympics thus far? And of the governments’ almost pathological need to control their image to the world?

  • Kyle

    on August 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t know why, but I find it hilarious when you cuss in your blogs. I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s thoughts.

  • Brad

    on August 17, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    You have some of the best taste in books I have ever seen Allison! Just recommending Ask Not by Thurston Clarke. I’m reading it now and so far it’s amazing! It’s about JFK and the days leading up to his famous Ask Not inauguration speech. I’m a frequent visitor of your site and a frequent Smallville follower and I think that you’re amazing! Can’t wait to see your next discussion topic!

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on August 17, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Kadosho, Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote,

    “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

    Don’t be too eager to get through your life, instead sit back, relax, and enjoy all that it has to offer. Only when you are truly ready will the ability to fly come to you!


  • Kevin

    on August 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    When I think of heroes and examples my mind jumps to my Grandfather, my professor and Paul Rusesabagina.

  • lena

    on August 17, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Allison I love your website, I always have to check it out when i’m online. I dont really have one particular role model, though I have a diary which contains a quote for each day (including several from Eleanor Roosevelt) which I find very inspiring. I look up to my own family too, particularly my Nan who has had to put up with many illnesses during her life. No matter how frail she is on the outside she has a strong and unbreakable spirit. I would also count you as role model as you are such a fantastic, generous woman with a thirst for life.

  • Graham

    on August 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Allison,

    Big love for the Roosevelt family. Their family motto is awesome, “You reap what you sow.”

    Anyway on the Olympics can you just let us know your thoughts on the opening ceremonies, where the girl who sang the anthem wasn’t allowed to be on screen as she was deemed not pretty enough, and was replaced by someone who was lip syncing. I think it’s a disgrace but maybe I’m not looking at all the sides of the argument. Are you exposed to that sort of behavior in your line of work, and how does that affect you as an actress?

  • Robin Hebert

    on August 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    The Roosevelts were like none other. It’s because of them that the whole social security system came into play. We need more leaders of character like them, ones who take the true needs of humanity into perspective.

  • Sarah

    on August 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    fav Eleanor quote:
    “No one can make you fell inferior without your consent”

  • Brittany

    on August 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Hey Allison! Elinor Roosevelt, sounds like a very intriguing person with a very wonderful insight on life! To me, my heroes are the ones I look up to, the ones that I admire for their hard work, their amazing talents and definetly who they are. Ya, you probably here this everyday or somewhat, but Allison you are more then a heroe to me! You are a mentor, a role model, and a very perspective girl who’s not afraid to show who she really is! And I absolutely adore you for that! Keep up the amazing work and I know you’ll do a great job on directing the episode from Smallville. We’re here for you, I know I AM!!!!!!
    Bye for now! Brittany

  • David Hayes

    on August 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Its great that someone finally took notice of Elinor Roosevelt. Must be awful having a name so similar to someone so famous — everything worthwhile you accomplish gets creditted to someone else.

  • skahahoo

    on August 18, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    lol…That one was all net David Hayes. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kellie Danielle

    on August 18, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    My favorite Eli R. quote is:

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

    Its so true, I mean if no one made you feel like you were less than you are then you’d never feel that way because no one told you how they perceived you.

    I think she was one of our countries greatest speaking and people.

    Bye Allison!