Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

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Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, New York, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Warm Springs, Georgia, USA, April 12, 1945
Occupation: 32nd President of the United States

1.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

2.
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

3.
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

4.
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

5.
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

6.
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

7.
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

8.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

9.
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

10.
I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

11.
If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

12.
If I went to work in a factory the first thing I'd do is join a union.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

13.
If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

14.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

15.
It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

16.
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

17.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

18.
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars - yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

19.
No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

20.
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

21.
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

22.
One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment... If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

23.
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

24.
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

25.
Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

26.
Selfishness is the only real atheism aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

27.
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

28.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

29.
The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

30.
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

31.
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

32.
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

33.
The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

34.
There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

35.
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

36.
War is a contagion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

37.
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

38.
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

39.
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

40.
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

41.
Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

42.
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

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