Franklin Delano Roosevelt Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

32nd president of US (1882 - 1945)

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Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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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.

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We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts about reality.

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A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk.

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

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

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Above all, try something.

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

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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.

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They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers. . . call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.

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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.

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Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

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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.

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

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

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First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

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Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live on in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

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I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.

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Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

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

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

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

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

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Happiness is in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

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As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God.

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Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

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Those who have long enjoyed such privleges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.

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

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Those who enjoy such freedoms as we enjoy, forget in time that men died to earn them.

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We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.

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

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Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

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

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The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.

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The only thing to fear is fear itself.

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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.

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More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.

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The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.

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