Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. Running as a Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections , was the longest-running president in U.S. history, and dominated his party after 1932 as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century. He directed the United States government during an era of worldwide economic depression and total war.
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.
Happiness Lies In The Joy Of Achievement And The Thrill Of Creative Effort.
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.
We Have Always Held To The Hope, The Belief, The Conviction That There Is A Better Life, A Better World, Beyond The Horizon.
I Pledge You, I Pledge Myself, To A New Deal For The American People.
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.
There Are Many Ways Of Going Forward, But Only One Way Of Standing Still.
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.
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.
In Our Personal Ambitions We Are Individualists. But In Our Seeking For Economic And Political Progress As A Nation, We All Go Up Or Else All Go Down As One People.
It Is An Unfortunate Human Failing That A Full Pocketbook Often Groans More Loudly Than An Empty Stomach.
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.
To Reach A Port, We Must Sail - Sail, Not Tie At Anchor - Sail, Not Drift.
Whoever Seeks To Set One Religion Against Another Seeks To Destroy All Religion.
We Are Trying To Construct A More Inclusive Society. We Are Going To Make A Country In Which No One Is Left Out.
I Think We Consider Too Much The Good Luck Of The Early Bird And Not Enough The Bad Luck Of The Early Worm.
Self-interest Is The Enemy Of All True Affection.
A Conservative Is A Man With Two Perfectly Good Legs Who, However, Has Never Learned How To Walk Forward.
Men Are Not Prisoners Of Fate, But Only Prisoners Of Their Own Minds.
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.
In Our Seeking For Economic And Political Progress, We All Go Up - Or Else We All Go Down.
Democracy Cannot Succeed Unless Those Who Express Their Choice Are Prepared To Choose Wisely. The Real Safeguard Of Democracy, Therefore, Is Education.
Confidence... Thrives On Honesty, On Honor, On The Sacredness Of Obligations, On Faithful Protection And On Unselfish Performance. Without Them It Cannot Live.
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.
I Ask You To Judge Me By The Enemies I Have Made.
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.
Here Is My Principle: Taxes Shall Be Levied According To Ability To Pay. That Is The Only American Principle.
The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today.
If I Went To Work In A Factory The First Thing I'd Do Is Join A Union.
Physical Strength Can Never Permanently Withstand The Impact Of Spiritual Force.
A Reactionary Is A Somnambulist Walking Backwards.
The School Is The Last Expenditure Upon Which America Should Be Willing To Economize.
No Government Can Help The Destinies Of People Who Insist In Putting Sectional And Class Consciousness Ahead Of General Weal.
When You Reach The End Of Your Rope, Tie A Knot In It And Hang On.
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.
Not Only Our Future Economic Soundness But The Very Soundness Of Our Democratic Institutions Depends On The Determination Of Our Government To Give Employment To Idle Men.
Remember You Are Just An Extra In Everyone Else's Play.
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.
In Politics, Nothing Happens By Accident. If It Happens, You Can Bet It Was Planned That Way.
This Generation Of Americans Has A Rendezvous With Destiny.
There Is A Mysterious Cycle In Human Events. To Some Generations Much Is Given. Of Other Generations Much Is Expected. This Generation Of Americans Has A Rendezvous With Destiny.
When You See A Rattlesnake Poised To Strike, You Do Not Wait Until He Has Struck To Crush Him.
The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself.
Prosperous Farmers Mean More Employment, More Prosperity For The Workers And The Business Men Of Every Industrial Area In The Whole Country.
I Am Neither Bitter Nor Cynical But I Do Wish There Was Less Immaturity In Political Thinking.
I Am A Christian And A Democrat, That's All.
If We Can Boondoggle Ourselves Out Of This Depression, That Word Is Going To Be Enshrined In The Hearts Of The American People For Years To Come.
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.
I Believe That In Every Country The People Themselves Are More Peaceably And Liberally Inclined Than Their Governments.
There Are As Many Opinions As There Are Experts.