Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Franklin Roosevelt

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) is one of the most significant American figures in modern history, and his legacy is still alive today. President Roosevelt was a man of many talents, with an intellect well-suited for leading the United States during one of its darkest periods, especially World War 2. He is the longest-serving U.S. President in the nation's history March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945.


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20 Famous Quotes By Franklin D. Roosevelt

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

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

8. If I went to work in a factory the first thing I'd do is join a union.

9. When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.

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

11. 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.

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

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

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

15. 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.

16. If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time.

17. 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.

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

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

20. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.