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Franklin D Roosevelt
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Perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace. Let us not forget that the retreat to isolationism a quarter of a century ago was started not by a direct attack against international cooperation but against the alleged imperfections of the peace. Franklin D Roosevelt
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We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations far away. We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Peace, like charity, begins at home. Franklin D Roosevelt
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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
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[The United States is] founded on the principles of Christianity Franklin D Roosevelt
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All safe deposit boxes in banks or financial institutions have been sealed... and may only be opened in the presence of an agent of the I.R.S. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Lord, reform Thy world, beginning with me. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The traditional Jeffersonian principle of religious freedom was so broadly democratic that it included the right to have no religion at all - it gave to the individual the right to worship any God he chose or no god. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The barrier to success is not something which exists in the real world; it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability. Franklin D Roosevelt
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If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation. Franklin D Roosevelt
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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. Franklin D Roosevelt
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I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. Franklin D Roosevelt
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We are not isolationists except in so far as we seek to isolate ourselves completely from war. Yet we must remember that so long as war exists on earth there will be some danger that even the Nation which most ardently desires peace may be drawn into war. Franklin D Roosevelt
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I've fired my last shot. I think I should have another round in my belt. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The Nazi danger to our Western world has long ceased to be a mere possibility. The danger is here now-not only from a military enemy but from an enemy of all law, all liberty, all morality, all religion. Franklin D Roosevelt
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New Orleans makes it possible to go to Europe without ever leaving the United States. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The presidency is not merely an administrative office...It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership. Franklin D Roosevelt
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I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars. Franklin D Roosevelt
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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. Franklin D Roosevelt
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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. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Okay, you've convinced me. Now go out there and bring pressure on me. Franklin D Roosevelt
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I regard reduction in Federal spending as one of the most important issues in this campaign. In my opinion it is the most direct and effective contribution that Government can make to business. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D Roosevelt
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There seems to be no question that is really interested in what we are doing and I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights - that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Coming to grips with the reality that our planet is not the only one harboring intelligent life the universe. Franklin D Roosevelt
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We know that enduring peace cannot be bought at the cost of other people's freedom. Franklin D Roosevelt
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More than just an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men. Franklin D Roosevelt
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It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead - and find no one there. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The true conservative is the man who has a real concern for injustices and takes thought against the day of reckoning. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Our security is not a matter of weapons alone. The arm that wields them must be strong, the eye that guides them clear, the will that directs them indomitable. Franklin D Roosevelt
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No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities. Franklin D Roosevelt
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We are going to tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect. Franklin D Roosevelt
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If we do not halt this steady process of building commissions and regulatory bodies and the special legislation like huge inverted pyramids over every one of the simple constitutional provisions, we shall soon be spending many billions of dollars more. Franklin D Roosevelt
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They have given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks. Riveted the ships and rolled the shells. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The people of America are in agreement in defending their liberties at any cost, and the first line of that defense lies in the protection of economic security. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Among American citizens, there should be no forgotten men and no forgotten races. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men. Franklin D Roosevelt
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All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service, Franklin D Roosevelt
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As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God. Franklin D Roosevelt
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All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River Franklin D Roosevelt
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No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Nationwide thinking, nationwide planning and nationwide action are the three great essentials to prevent nationwide crises for future generations to struggle through. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The function of Government must be to favor no small group at the expense of its duty to protect the rights of personal freedom and of private property of all its citizens. Franklin D Roosevelt
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A government can be no better than the public opinion which sustains it. Franklin D Roosevelt
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If the Nation is living within its income, its credit is good. If, in some crises, it lives beyond its income for a year or two, it can usually borrow temporarily at reasonable rates. But if, like a spendthrift, it throws discretion to the winds, and is willing to make no sacrifice at all in spending; if it extends its taxing to the limit of the peoples power to pay and continues to pile up deficits, then it is on the road to bankruptcy. Franklin D Roosevelt
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That, in essence is Fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any controlling private power. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men. Franklin D Roosevelt
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I have seen war ... I hate war. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Great power involves great responsibility Franklin D Roosevelt
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Do not confuse objectives with methods. When the nation becomes substantially united in favor of planning the broad objectives of civilization, then true leadership must unite thought behind definite methods. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D Roosevelt
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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. Franklin D Roosevelt
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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. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Many causes produce war. There are ancient hatreds, turbulent frontiers, the "legacy of old forgotten, far-off things, and battles long ago." There are new-born fanaticisms. Convictions on the part of certain peoples that they have become the unique depositories of ultimate truth and right. Franklin D Roosevelt
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To a great extent the achievements of invention, of mechanical and of artistic creation, must of necessity, and rightly, be individual rather than governmental. It is the self-reliant pioneer in every enterprise who beats the path along which American civilization has marched. Such individual effort is the glory of America. Franklin D Roosevelt
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"Appeasement" is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last. Franklin D Roosevelt
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We can see now that we Americans were caught unprepared, because we were ordinary human beings, following the best advice we had at the time. No one would have guessed in 1941 that we would be attacked in such an unsportsmanlike manner as we were. No one could have visualized Pearl Harbor, either out there or in Washington. But if we had known then what we know now, we would have expected an attack in 1941. Franklin D Roosevelt
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The Democratic Party will live and continue to receive the support of the majority of Americans just so long as it remains a liberal party. Franklin D Roosevelt
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On this tenth day of June, nineteen hundred and forty, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.... In our unity, in our American unity we will pursue two obvious and simultaneous courses; we will extend to the opponents of force the material resources of this nation, and at the same time we will harness and speed up the use of those resources in order that we ourselves in the Americas may have equipment and training equal to the task of any emergency and every defense. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Our policy is to give all possible material aid to the nations that still resist aggression across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. And we make it abundantly clear that we intend to commit none of the fatal errors of appeasement. We have the thought that in this nation of many states we have found the way in which men of many racial origins may live together in peace. If the human race as a whole is to survive, the world must find a way by which men and nations may live together in peace. We cannot accept the doctrine that war must be forever a part of man's destiny. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Once I prophesied that this generation of Americans had a rendezvous with destiny. That prophecy now comes true. To us much is given; more is expected. This generation will nobly save or mainly lose the last best hope of earth. The way is plain, peaceful, generous just. A way, which if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless. Franklin D Roosevelt
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We have the men-the skill-the wealth-and above all, the will.... We must be the great arsenal of democracy. Franklin D Roosevelt
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It took six weeks of debate in the Senate to get the Arms Embargo Law repealed-and we face other delays during the present session because most of the Members of the Congress are thinking in terms of next Autumn's election. However, that is one of the prices that we who live in democracies have to pay. It is, however, worth paying, if all of us can avoid the type of government under which the unfortunate population of Germany and Russia must exist. Franklin D Roosevelt
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Government cannot close its eyes to the pollution of waters, to the erosion of soil, to the slashing of forests any more than it can close its eyes to the need for slum clearance and schools. Franklin D Roosevelt
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