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Franklin Roosevelt Quotes


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


“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”


“I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”


“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.”


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


“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.”


“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”


“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.”


“We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.”


“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”


“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.”


“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.”


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


“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 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.”


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


“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.”


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


“To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.”


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


“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.”


“The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.”


“Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.”


“It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”


“Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.”


“A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.”


“The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.”


“We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power.”

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