Franklin D Roosevelt Quotes & Wallpapers

Franklin D Roosevelt
Total Quotes: 588

The money-changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. Franklin D Roosevelt

Lives of nations are determined not by the count of years, but by the lifetime of the human spirit. The life of a man is three-score years and ten: a little more, a little less. The life of a nation is the fullness of the measure of its will to live. Franklin D Roosevelt

A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted-in the air. Franklin D Roosevelt

A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted-in the air. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and hands at the behest of his head. Franklin D Roosevelt

We think of our land and water and human resources not as static and sterile possessions but as life giving assets to be directed by wise provisions for future days. Franklin D Roosevelt

My own party can succeed at the polls only so long as it continues to be the party of militant liberalism. Franklin D Roosevelt

All of our people all over the country-except the pure-blooded Indians-are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, including even those who came over here on the Mayflower. Franklin D Roosevelt

The forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Franklin D Roosevelt

True wealth is not a static thing. It is a living thing made out of the disposition of men to create and distribute the good things of life with rising standards of living. Franklin D Roosevelt

The first twelve years are the hardest. Franklin D Roosevelt

The chief problem is, of course, whether the marching of the general spirit of things is heading consciously or sub- consciously toward an idea of extension of boundaries. Franklin D Roosevelt

If civilization is to survive, the principles of the Prince of Peace must be restored. Shattered trust between nations must be revived. Most important of all the will for peace on the part of peace loving nations must express itself to the end that nations that may be tempted to violate their agreements and the rights of others will desist from such a course. There must be positive endeavors to preserve peace. America hates war, America hopes for peace. Therefore, America actively engages in the search for peace. Franklin D Roosevelt

To win this war, we have been forced into a strategic compromise which will most certainly offend the Russians. Franklin D Roosevelt

The handling of our forests as a continuous, renewable resource means permanent employment and stability to our country life. The forests are also needed for mitigating extreme climatic fluctuations, holding the soil on the slopes, retaining the moisture in the ground, and controlling the equable flow of water in our streams. Franklin D Roosevelt

I am particularly interested in the indications that the people seem to understand and approve the necessity of pursuing the course that will prevent a further effort on the part of the German peoples to continue the struggle for world domination, even though they are thoroughly beaten in this war. Franklin D Roosevelt

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation . Franklin D Roosevelt

All work undertaken should be useful - not just for a day, or a year, but useful in the sense that it affords permanent improvement in living conditions or that it creates future new wealth for the Nation. Franklin D Roosevelt

The real safeguard of democracy is education. Franklin D Roosevelt

Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society. Franklin D Roosevelt

To some generations much is given. Of other generations, much is expected. Franklin D Roosevelt

To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic. Franklin D Roosevelt

It is highly unlikely that an airplane, or fleet of them, could ever sink a fleet of Navy vessels under battle conditions. Franklin D Roosevelt

The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry. Franklin D Roosevelt

Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. 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

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

A great man left a watchword that we can well repeat: There is no indispensable man. Franklin D Roosevelt

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists. Franklin D Roosevelt

The value of love will always be stronger than the value of hate.. Any nation or group of nations which employs hatred eventually is torn to pieces by hatred... Franklin D Roosevelt

The American people want their government to act, and not merely to talk, whenever and wherever there is a threat to world peace. Franklin D Roosevelt

We must save the Constitution from the [Supreme] Court and the Court from itself. Franklin D Roosevelt

You cannot organize civilization around the core of militarism and at the same time expect reason to control human destinies. Franklin D Roosevelt

The fate of America cannot depend on any one man. The greatness of America is grounded in principles and not on any single personality. Franklin D Roosevelt

Is the United States going to decide, are the people of this country going to decide that their Federal Government shall in the future have no right under any implied power or any court-approved power to enter into a solution of a national economic problem, but that that national economic problem must be decided only by the States? We thought we were solving it, and now it has been thrown right straight in our faces. We have been relegated to the horse-and-buggy definition of interstate commerce. Franklin D Roosevelt

I call for effort, courage, sacrifice, devotion. Granting the love of freedom, all of these are possible. And the love of freedom is still fierce and steady in the nation today. June 10, 1940 Franklin D Roosevelt

Too often in recent history liberal governments have been wrecked on rocks of loose fiscal policy. 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. Franklin D Roosevelt

I see an America whose rivers and valleys and lakes hills and streams and plains the mountains over our land and nature's wealth deep under the earth are protected as the rightful heritage of all the people. Franklin D Roosevelt

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 Franklin D Roosevelt

Economic diseases are highly communicable. It follows therefore that the economic health of every country is a proper matter of concern to all its neighbors, near or distant. Franklin D Roosevelt

Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars. Franklin D Roosevelt

The trade agreement which I had the privilege of signing with your Prime Minister last autumn is tangible evidence of the desire of the people of both countries to practice what they preach when they speak of the good neighbor. In the solution of the grave problems that face the world today, frank dealing, cooperation and a spirit of give and take between nations is more important than ever before. Franklin D Roosevelt

It [concentration of wealth and power] has been a menace to . . . American democracy. Franklin D Roosevelt

'Peace on earth, good will toward men' - democracy must cling to that message. For it is my deep conviction that democracy cannot live without that true religion which gives a nation a sense of justice and moral purpose. Franklin D Roosevelt

Hitler built a fortress around Europe, but he forgot to put a roof on it. Franklin D Roosevelt

Taxation according to income is the most effective instrument yet devised to obtain just contribution from those best able to bear it and to avoid placing onerous burdens upon the mass of our people. Franklin D Roosevelt

A nation, like a person, has a mind - a mind that must be kept informed and alert, that must know itself, that understands the hopes and needs of its neighbors - all the other nations that live within the narrowing circle of the world Franklin D Roosevelt

Of course we believe these things. We believe in social security. We believe in work for the unemployed. We believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die! We believe in all these things. But we do not like the way that the present administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything! Franklin D Roosevelt

Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else. Franklin D Roosevelt

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Franklin D Roosevelt

There should be no bitterness or hate where the sole thought is the welfare of the United States of America. No man can occupy the office of President without realizing that he is President of all the people. Franklin D Roosevelt

It drives on with a courage which is stronger than the storm. It drives on with a mercy which does not quail in the presence of death. It drives on as proof, a symbol, a testimony that man is created in the image of God and that valour and virtue have not perished in the British race. Franklin D Roosevelt

All of us in all the Americas will be living at the point of a gun. Franklin D Roosevelt

The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody's business. They granted that the government could protect the citizen in his right to vote, but they denied that the government could do anything to protect the citizen in his right to work and his right to live. Today we stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair. If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place. Franklin D Roosevelt

Buying and selling securities on the Stock Exchange do not start new industries. Big business never starts anything new. It merely absorbs, consolidates and profits at the expense of others. Franklin D Roosevelt

The essential qualities of a true Pan Americanism must be the same as those which constitute a good neighbor; namely, mutual understanding, and through such understanding, a sympathetic appeciation of the other's point of view. It is only in this manner that we can hope to build up a system of which confidence, friendship, and good will are the cornerstones... Franklin D Roosevelt

To us there has come a time, in the midst of swift happenings, to pause for a moment and take stock-to recall what our place in history has been, and to rediscover what we are and what we may be. If we do not, we risk the real peril of inaction. Franklin D Roosevelt

In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor-the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others-the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

The Soviet Union, as everybody who has the courage to face the fact knows, is run by a dictatorship as absolute as any other dictatorship in the world. Franklin D Roosevelt

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars. Franklin D Roosevelt

And yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered, because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Franklin D Roosevelt

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him. Franklin D Roosevelt

In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice..., the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. Franklin D Roosevelt

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D Roosevelt

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. Franklin D Roosevelt

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. Franklin D Roosevelt

War is a contagion. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

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