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71 Powerful Quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Best Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only United States President who was elected for four times. The escorted the United States during the World War II as well as the Great Depression. The following are some of the greatest quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

  1. “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  2. “Be sincere, be brief; be seated.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  3. “Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. “A great man left a watchword that we can well repeat: There is no indispensable man.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  5. “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
  6. “No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  7. “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
  8. “No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  9. “If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  10. “Yesterday, December 7, 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
  11. “Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  12. “An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names, but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  13. “It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  14. “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
  15. “I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  16. “The first theory is that if we make the rich richer, somehow they will let a part of their prosperity trickle down to the rest of us. The second theory was the theory that if we make the average of mankind comfortable and secure, their prosperity will rise upward through the ranks.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  17. “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  18. “These unhappy times call for the building of plans that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  19. “We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  20. “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…” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  21. “We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  22. “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
  23. “Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  24. “They realize that in thirty-four months we have built up new instruments of public power. In the hands of a peoples Government this power is wholesome and proper. But in the hands of political puppets of an economic autocracy such power would provide shackles for the liberties of the people.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  25. “When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike you, do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  26. “In time of this grave national danger, when all excess income should go to win the war, no American citizen ought to have a net income, after he has paid his taxes, of more than $25, 000 a year.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  27. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  28. “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  29. “More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  30. “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
  31. “The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world: it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  32. “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.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  33. “War is a contagion.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  34. “Any Government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns. But you and I know that a continuation of that habit means the poorhouse.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  35. “If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  36. “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
  37. “Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  38. “We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want. The fourth is freedom from fear.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  39. “The frontier of America is on the Rhine.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  40. “I do not believe in communism any more than you do but there is nothing wrong with the Communists in this country; several of the best friends I have got are Communists.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  41. “There are as many opinions as there are experts.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  42. “We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away. We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  43. “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  44. “The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  45. “And while I am talking to you mothers and fathers, I give you one more assurance. I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  46. “We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  47. “A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who has never learned to walk.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  48. “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
  49. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  50. “Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  51. “This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  52. “There is no indispensable man.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  53. “Peace, like charity, begins at home.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  54. “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  55. “The forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  56. “It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  57. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  58. “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  59. “A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  60. “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  61. “On this tenth day of June, 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  62. “A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  63. “Our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  64. “The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  65. “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.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  66. “Whoever seeks to set one race against another seeks to enslave all races.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  67. “Too often in recent history liberal governments have been wrecked on rocks of loose fiscal policy.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  68. “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
  69. “I hope your committee will not permit doubts as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  70. “Taxes, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  71. “Our national debt after all is an internal debt owed not only by the Nation but to the Nation. If our children have to pay interest on it they will pay that interest to themselves. A reasonable internal debt will not impoverish our children or put the Nation into bankruptcy.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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