Quotes by American President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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

Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else. Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -- and find no one there. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

A great man left a watchword that we can well repeat: There is no indispensable man. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Peace, like charity, begins at home. Franklin D. Roosevelt

No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity. Franklin D. Roosevelt


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