Franklin D Roosevelt Quotes & Wallpapers

Franklin D Roosevelt
Total Quotes: 588

If you have spent two years in bed trying to wiggle your big toe, everything else seems easy. Franklin D Roosevelt

As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries, men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel, and inspiration. It is a fountain of aid in attaining the highest aspiration of the human soul. Franklin D Roosevelt

In the final analysis, the progress of our civilization will be retarded if any large body of citizens falls behind. Without the help of thousands of others, any one of us would die, naked and starved. Franklin D Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is a giant wheelchair-crushing squid. Well... uh... actually, I guess that's the only thing I have to fear. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

On each national day of inauguration since 1789, the people have renewed their sense of dedication to the United States. Franklin D Roosevelt

The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history. It permeated the ancient life of early peoples. It blazed anew in the Middle Ages. It was written in Magna Charta. Franklin D Roosevelt

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire Franklin D Roosevelt

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D Roosevelt

Poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere. Franklin D Roosevelt

Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free. Franklin D Roosevelt

A Liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest - at the command - of his head. Franklin D Roosevelt

We know that enduring peace cannot be bought at the cost of other people's freedom. Franklin D Roosevelt

Great power involves great responsibility Franklin D Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D Roosevelt

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

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

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. Franklin D Roosevelt

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D Roosevelt

I am a Christian and a Democrat, that's all. Franklin D Roosevelt

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play. Franklin D Roosevelt

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. Franklin D Roosevelt

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection. Franklin D Roosevelt

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. Franklin D Roosevelt

The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. Franklin D Roosevelt

A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. Franklin D Roosevelt

In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down. Franklin D Roosevelt

The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

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

I do not believe in communism any more than you do but there is nothing wrong with the Communists in this country. Several of the best friends I have got are Communists. Franklin D Roosevelt

To bring about government by oligarchy, masquerading as democracy, it is fundamentally essential that practically all authority and control be centralized in our Federal government. . . The individual sovereignty of our states must first be destroyed. Franklin D Roosevelt

I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. Franklin D Roosevelt

I think this would be a good time for a beer. Franklin D Roosevelt

Beware of that profound enemy of the free enterprise system who pays lip-service to free competition, but also labels every antitrust prosecution as a persecution. Franklin D Roosevelt

We must recognize the fundamental rights of man. There can be no true national life in our democracy unless we give unqualified recognition to freedom of religious worship and freedom of education. Franklin D Roosevelt

Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom realty. Franklin D Roosevelt

The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world. Franklin D Roosevelt

I believe that we are going to get along very well with him [Josef Stalin] and the Russian people - very well indeed. Franklin D Roosevelt

For every advance that the Japanese have made since they started their frenzied career of conquest, they have had to pay a very heavy toll in warships, in transports, in planes, and in men. They are feeling the effects of those losses. Franklin D Roosevelt

Industrial combination is not wrong in itself. The danger lies in taking government into partnership. Franklin D Roosevelt

This nation asks for action, and action now. Franklin D Roosevelt

Liberty requires opportunity to make a living-a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives a man not only enough to live by, but something to live for. Franklin D Roosevelt

I think that both here and in England there are two schools of thought-those who would be altruistic in regard to the Germans, hoping that by loving kindness to make them Christian again-and those who would adopt a much tougher attitude. Most decidedly I belong to the latter school, for though I am not blood-thirsty, I want the Germans to know that this time at least they have definitely lost the war. Franklin D Roosevelt

There comes a time in the affairs of men when they must prepare to defend not their homes alone but the tenets of faith and humanity on which their churches, their governments and their very foundations are set. The defense of religion, of democracy and of good faith among nations is all the same fight. To save one, we must now make up our minds to save all. Franklin D Roosevelt

In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens, a substantial part of its whole population, who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. I see one third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. 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 too little. Franklin D Roosevelt

To carry adequate life insurance is a moral obligation incumbent upon the great majority of citizens. Franklin D Roosevelt

We may make mistakes-but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle. Franklin D Roosevelt

We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions, bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities. Whoever seeks to set one race against another seeks to enslave all races. Whoever seeks to set one religion against another, seeks to destroy all religion. Franklin D Roosevelt

Every man has a right to life. That means that he also has a right to make a comfortable living. Franklin D Roosevelt

Tell that to the Marines! Franklin D Roosevelt

Your profits are going to be cut down to a reasonably low level by taxation. Your income will be subject to higher taxes. Indeed in these days, when every available dollar should go to the war effort, I do not think that any American citizen should have a net income in excess of $25,000 per year after payment of taxes. Franklin D Roosevelt

They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. Franklin D Roosevelt

We have here a human as well as an economic problem. When humane considerations are concerned, Americans give them precedence. The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. Franklin D Roosevelt

An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod. Franklin D Roosevelt

We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely. We need to correct, by drastic means if necessary, the faults in our economic system from which we now suffer. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking! Franklin D Roosevelt

The future lies with those wise political leaders who realize that the great public is interested more in Government than in politics. The growing independence of voters, after all, has been proven by the votes in every Presidential election since my childhood and the tendency, frankly, is on the increase. Franklin D Roosevelt

Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. Franklin D Roosevelt

Preparation for defense is an inalienable prerogative of a sovereign state. Franklin D Roosevelt

There is no group in America that can withstand the force of an aroused public opinion. Franklin D Roosevelt

Those of you who have been there Haiti know it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has everything. It has everything above the ground, and everything under the ground. It is an amazing place. I strongly recommend that whenever you get a chance, if you havent been there, that you go to Haiti. I think it was a certain Queen of England who said that after her death Calais would be found written on her heart. When I die, I think that Haiti is going to be written on my heart. Franklin D Roosevelt

The first theory is that if we make the rich richer, somehow they will let a part of their prosperity trickle down to the rest of us. The second theory was the theory that if we make the average of mankind comfortable and secure, their prosperity will rise upward through the ranks. Franklin D Roosevelt

Our national debt after all is an internal debt owed not only by the Nation but to the Nation. If our children have to pay interest on it they will pay that interest to themselves. A reasonable internal debt will not impoverish our children or put the Nation into bankruptcy. Franklin D Roosevelt

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. 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. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach. Franklin D Roosevelt

Slowly, and in spite of anything we Americans do or do not do, it looks a little as if you and some other good people are going to have to answer the old question of whether you want to keep your country unshackled by taking even more definite steps to do so Franklin D Roosevelt

I have a terrific headache. Franklin D Roosevelt

The public schools shall be free from sectarian influences and, above all, free from any attitude of hostility to the adherents of any particular creed. Franklin D Roosevelt

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics. Out of the collapse of a prosperity whose builders boasted their practicality has come the conviction that in the long run economic morality pays. Franklin D Roosevelt

A world turned into a stereotype, a society converted into a regiment, a life translated into a routine, make it difficult for either art or artists to survive. Crush individuality in society and you crush art as well. Nourish the conditions of a free life and you nourish the arts, too. Franklin D Roosevelt

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