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.— Franklin D. Roosevelt
The most jaw-dropping Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.
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.
Does anyone think that victory is possible without facing danger?
People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
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.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
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.
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.
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.
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.
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.
Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
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.
We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.
We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
Go for the moon. If you don't get it, you'll still be heading for a star. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.
We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country... By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level - I mean the wages of decent living.
This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
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.
I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.
...Since 1775 the United States Marines have upheld a fine tradition of service to their country. They are doing so today. I am confident they will continue to do so.
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
Those (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.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
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.
The Social Security Act offers to all our citizens a workable and working method of meeting urgent present needs and of forestalling future need. It utilizes the familiar machinery of our Federal-State government to promote the common welfare and the economic stability of the Nation.
Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Too often in recent history liberal governments have been wrecked on rocks of loose fiscal policy.
Peace, like charity, begins at home.
All of our people all over the country-except the pure-blooded Indians-are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, including even those who came over here on the Mayflower.
We must open our eyes and see that modern civilization has become so complex and the lives of civilized men so interwoven with thelives of other men in other countries as to make it impossible to be in this world and out of it.
We know now that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.
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.
The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry.
That, in its essence, is Fascism — ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
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.
"Appeasement" is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last.
We think of our land and water and human resources not as static and sterile possessions but as life giving assets to be directed by wise provisions for future days.
Freedom of the press is essential to the preservation of a democracy;
but there is a difference between freedom and license. Editorialists who tell downright lies in order to advance their own agendas do more to discredit the press than all the censors in the world.
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.