Quotes by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers... call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
As a nation we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed.
I pledge you‚ I pledge myself‚ to a new deal for the American people.
I don't mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman.
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.
The real truth of the matter is‚ as you and I know‚ that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of Woodrow Wilson. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson's fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis.
If there is anyone who still wonders why this war is being fought, let him look to Norway. If there is anyone who has any delusions that this war could have been averted, let him look to Norway; and if there is anyone who doubts the democratic will to win, again I say, let him look to Norway.
Be sincere, be brief, be seated.
I just have a hunch that Joseph Stalin is not that kind of man. Harry Hopkins says he's not and that he doesn't want anything except security for his own country‚ and I think that if I give him everything I possibly can and ask nothing from him in return‚ ''noblesse oblige''‚ he won't try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of democracy and peace.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
I hope your committee will not permit doubts as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation.
No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
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.
We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war.
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 his hands at the behest — at the command — of his head.
I'm just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job. After you leave me tonight, Jimmy, I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too, Jimmy.
We must be the great arsenal of Democracy.
Yes, we are on the way back — not by mere chance, not by a turn of the cycle. We are coming back more soundly than ever before because we planned it that way, and don't let anybody tell you differently.
There seems to be no question that Mussolini 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.
We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
He’s a son-of-a-bitch, but he’s our son-of-a-bitch.
All free peoples are deeply impressed by the courage and steadfastness of the Greek nation.
If you treat people right they will treat you right — ninety percent of the time.
Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them.
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