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Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes


32nd President of the United States. He successfully led the country trough the turbulent times of the Great Depression and World War II.
(1882 - 1945)

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A Chinese Christian prayed every day .... "Lord, reform Thy world, beginning with me."
[Prayer]
 

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.
[Politics]
 

A dark old world was devastated by wars between conflicting religions. A dark modern world faces wars between conflicting economic and political fanaticisms in which are intertwined race hatreds
 

A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.
 

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad.
 

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.
 

A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted - in the air. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest-at the command - of his head.
 

A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.
 

Above all, try something.
 

All work undertaken should be useful - not just for a day, or a year, but useful in the sense that it affords permanent improvement in living conditions or that it creates future new wealth for the Nation.
 

Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them.
 

Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.
[Art]
 

As a nation we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed.
 

As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God.
 

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
 

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.
 

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.
[Competition]
 

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.
 

Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
 


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