Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

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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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes
Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes
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.
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The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
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Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.
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Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play.
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But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
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Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
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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.
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Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
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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.
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I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
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Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
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I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
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If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time.
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I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
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Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
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In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.
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In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
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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.
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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.
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It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.
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It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.
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Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
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No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
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No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
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Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
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Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.
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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
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The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity - or it will move apart.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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