Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
― 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 too little.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― 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

 

 

“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory… In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

 

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“If you treat people right they will treat you right … ninety percent of the time.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

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

 

 

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Presidents are selected, not elected.”
― Franklin Delano 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

 

 

“Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.”
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

 

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

 

“We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.”
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

 

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

 

 

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

 

“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power…. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.”
― Franklin Delano 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

 

“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

 

 

“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.”
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

 

“The Truth is found when men (and Women) are free to pursue it.”
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

 

“Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
― 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

 

 

“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.
Freedom”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line—the survivors of a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Great power involves great responsibility”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“War is young men dying and old men talking”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

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

 

 

“We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“You are only an extra in everyone else’s play.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that
men have died to win them.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbal of the great human principle.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“A Radical is a man with both feet firmly planted–in the air. A Conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A Reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A Liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest–at the command–of his head.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“Organized money hates me–and I welcome their hatred!”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

“For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up. We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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