November 30, 2016

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

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

“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.”

“A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.”

“Against naked force the only possible defense is naked force. The aggressor makes the rules for such a war; the defenders have no alternative but matching destruction with more destruction, slaughter with greater slaughter.”

“Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can’t even lift them.”

“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.”

“Be sincere, be brief, be seated.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”

“Dear Sallie: I am very sorry you have a cold and are in bed. I played with Mary today for a little while. I hope by tomorrow you will be able to be up. I am glad today that my cold is better. Your loving, “

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

“Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. 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.”

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

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

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

“Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.”

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.”

“I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.”

“I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.”

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”

“I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.”

“I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.”

“I don’t mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman.”

“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.”

“I regard reduction in Federal spending as one of the most important issues in this campaign. In my opinion it is the most direct and effective contribution that Government can make to business.”

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.”

“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.”

“If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”

“If the country is to flourish, capital must be invested in enterprise. But those who seek to draw upon other people’s money must be wholly candid regarding the facts on which the investor’s judgment is asked.”

“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.”

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

“I’m just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job. After you leave me tonight, Jimmy, I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too, Jimmy.”

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

“In our democracy officers of the government are the servants, and never the masters of the people.”

“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.”

“In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up – or else we all go down.”

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

“In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor—the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others—the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.”

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way— everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want… everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear… anywhere in the world.”

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

“It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.”

“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.”

“It is fun to be in the same decade with you.”

“It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”

“It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.”

“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.”

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

“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.”

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”

“No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.”

“No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.”

“No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties…. The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the Government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody’s business.”

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.”

“Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.”

“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.”

“Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.”

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

“Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.”

“Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.”

“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.”

“The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

“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.”

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

“The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.”

“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.”

“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”

“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.”

“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

“The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.”

“The value of love will always be stronger than the value of hate.. Any nation or group of nations which employs hatred eventually is torn to pieces by hatred…”

“The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.”

“The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.”

“There are as many opinions as there are experts.”

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

“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.”

“There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.”

“These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

“This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.”

“Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else.”

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

“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.”

“War is a contagion.”

“We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions, bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities. Whoever seeks to set one race against another seeks to enslave all races. Whoever seeks to set one religion against another, seeks to destroy all religion.”

“We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.”

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

“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.”

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

“We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.”

“We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”

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

“Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.”

“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.”