A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 23, 2016
“If we are to live together, we have to talk”

Former U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) met with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971) at her Manhattan home in October 1960. Roosevelt explained the situation (as cited in the Associated Press):

“We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together—and if we live together, we have to talk. People must talk to each other or run the risk of war.”

“We are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk” has become a frequently cited Eleanor Roosevelt quotation.


Wikiquote: Eleanor Roosevelt
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt(11 October 1884 – 7 November 1962) was a social activist, first lady and the wife of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.
. The New York Times (1960), as cited in The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women (1992) by Rosalie Maggio, p. 156.

16 October 1960, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Russian Economy Topic At Mrs. Roosevelt-K Talk,” pg. 12A, cols. 1-2:
NEW YORK (AP)—Mr.s Franklin D. Roosevelt disclosed Friday that she and SOviet Premier Khrushchev at their meeting last week discussed the economy of the SOviet Union—but carefully avoided United Nations politics.
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Khrushchev had called at her Manhattan residence, sipped tea with her and chatted for more than an hour.
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Answering criticism she had received for inviting Khrushchev to her home, Mrs. Roosevelt said: “We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together—and if we live together, we have to talk. People must talk to each other or run the risk of war.”

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Hank Byrd
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We are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk. -Eleanor Roosevelt
9:33 AM - 4 Jun 2009

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“Either we are going to die together or going to learn to live together. If we’re going to live together we have to talk” Eleanor Roosevelt
2:18 PM - 12 Sep 2009

The Writer’s Almanac
Oct. 11, 2015: birthday: Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s the birthday of the longest-serving First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, born in New York City (1884) who said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
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She once said, “We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, June 23, 2016 • Permalink