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Best Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes About Fear, Freedom, Education, War, & Courage! Popularly referred to as “FDR,” the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was a very well American politician and political leader. Throughout the mid-20th century, he has long been a prominent personality. To the world, he is most remembered for rescuing the nation from the depths of the ‘Great Depression’ and making it a global economic powerhouse once again. Hyde Park, New York, is where Roosevelt was born on 30 January 1882. Because of this, Roosevelt grew up in a world of affluence with a feeling of self-importance.

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In 1900, Roosevelt, fresh from Groton High School, enrolled at Harvard University, hoping to create a name for himself. He served as Woodrow Wilson’s Assistant Secretary of the Navy throughout World War I after being appointed to the New York State Senate in 1910. He was governor from 1929 to 1933 when the United States was in the middle of an economic crisis. He worked on programs to help the country. Roosevelt won the 1932 presidential election by a wide margin, one of the most significant landslides in U.S. history. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration started amid the Great Depression, and he led extraordinary federal legislative activity in the first 100 days of Congress.

While in office, his government oversaw the building of the Pentagon and began work on the first atomic weapon with other Allied leaders to create the foundation for the United Nations and other postwar organizations. The United States emerged as a global powerhouse under his leadership during World War II. On 12 April 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away. As President, he utterly overtook the political landscape of the United States throughout his time in office.

Best Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

1. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. “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

3. “This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

5. “In these days of difficulty, we Americans 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

6. “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.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. “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

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

9. “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

10. “Industrial combination is not wrong in itself. The danger lies in taking government into partnership.”

11. “Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. “Among American citizens, there should be no forgotten men and no forgotten races.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

13. “This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

14. “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.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

15. “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.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

16. “I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work…More important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

17. “I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded…I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed…I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

18. “Unless the peace that follows recognizes that the whole world is one neighborhood and does justice to the whole human race, the germs of another world war will remain as a constant threat to mankind.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

19. “We must be the great arsenal of democracy.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

20. “We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

21. “Freedom of speech…Freedom of worship…Freedom from want…Freedom from fear.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

22. “It is time to extend planning to a wider field, in this instance comprehending in one great project many states directly concerned with the basin of one of our greatest rivers.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

23. “No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

24. “We have faith that future generations will know 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.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

25. “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

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