Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Quotes

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

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

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.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nobody will never deprive the American people of the right o vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

I he point in history at which we stand is full of promise and dander. The world will either move forward to toward unity and widely shared prosperity – or it will move apart.

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 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.

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.

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. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.

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

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

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.

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

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

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.

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.

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.

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

Self-interest is the enemy o all true affection.

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.

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

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

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and people strong enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.

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