Saturday, October 08, 2005

Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes





Franklin Delano Roosevelt


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


A nation that destroys it's soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


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


Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


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


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


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


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


In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


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


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


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


Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes strong than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


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


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


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


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


There are as many opinions as there are experts.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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


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


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


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


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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