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Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -
nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror
which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

To reach a port, we must sail -
sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -
nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition 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.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Appeasement" is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile,
one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who,
however, has never learned how to walk forward.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The school is the last expenditure upon which America
should be willing to economize.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish
there was less immaturity in political thinking.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'm not the smartest fellow in the world,
but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy,
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more
to the abundance of those who have much it is whether
we provide enough for those who have little.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and
not an alien power over us.
The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President
and senators and congressmen and government officials,
but the voters of this country.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Take a method and try it.
If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another.
But by all means, try something.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is common sense to take a method and try it.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
But above all, try something.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are as many opinions as there are experts.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic
security and independence.
People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff
of which dictatorships are made.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Prosperous farmers mean more employment,
more prosperity for the workers and the business men
of every industrial area in the whole country.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent
of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past,
present, and future wars.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression,
that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of
the American people for years to come.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the
right to vote except the American people themselves
and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely
what should constitute the body of knowledge with which
true education is concerned.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government
strong enough to protect the interests of the people,
and a people strong enough and well enough informed
to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our national determination to keep free of foreign
wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from
feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that
we have cherished are challenged.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We have always held to the hope, the belief,
the conviction that there is a better life,
a better world, beyond the horizon.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you get to the end of your rope,
tie a knot and hang on.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early
bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature.
They are made by human beings.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We continue to recognize the greater ability of some
to earn more than others.
But we do assert that the ambition of the individual
to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition
to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Are you laboring under the impression that I read these
memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land,
but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Not only our future economic soundness but the very
soundness of our democratic institutions depends on
the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger.
The world will either move forward toward unity and
widely shared prosperity -
or it will move apart.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike,
you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Selfishness is the only real atheism;
aspiration,
unselfishness, the only real religion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If I went to work in a factory the first thing I'd do is join a union.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.
We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

But while they prate of economic laws,
men and women are starving.
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature.
They are made by human beings.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Confidence...
thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations,
on faithful protection and on unselfish performance.
Without them it cannot live.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask
yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I believe that in every country the people themselves
are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I do not look upon these United States as a finished product.
We are still in the making.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The United States Constitution has proved itself the
most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you treat people right they will treat you right...
ninety percent of the time.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened
the fiber of a free people.
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is fun to be in the same decade with you.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

In our seeking for economic and political progress,
we all go up - or else we all go down.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is a mysterious cycle in human events.
To some generations much is given.
Of other generations much is expected.
This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great
space of human change and progress some general human
purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are many ways of going forward,
but only one way of standing still.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

In our personal ambitions we are individualists.
But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation,
we all go up or else all go down as one people.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their
choice are prepared to choose wisely.
The real safeguard of democracy, therefore,
is education.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

War is a contagion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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