Franklin D. Roosevelt, fully Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aka FDR

Franklin D.
Roosevelt, fully Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aka FDR
1882
1945

American Politician, 32nd President of the United States, only American President elected to more than two terms

Author Quotes

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.

Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.

We must be the great arsenal of Democracy.

With the enactment of the Income Tax Law of 1913, the Federal Government began to apply effectively the widely accepted principle that taxes should be levied in proportion to ability to pay and in proportion to the benefits received. Income was wisely chosen as the measure of benefits and of ability to pay. This was, and still is, a wholesome guide for national policy. It should be retained as the governing principle of Federal taxation. The use of other forms of taxes is often justifiable, particularly for temporary periods; but 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.

We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.

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.

We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan...As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense...With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

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.

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

You are only an extra in everyone else's play.

We have learned that we cannot live here alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations, far way. We have learned that we must live as men, and not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger. We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.

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.

We have the men – the skill – the wealth – and above all the will… We must be the great arsenal of democracy.

We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately—but we still shall strive. We may make mistakes—but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.

We have, however, a clear mandate from the people, that Americans must forswear that conception of the acquisition of wealth which, through excessive profits, creates undue private power over private affairs and, to our misfortune, over public affairs as well. In building toward this end we do not destroy ambition, nor do we seek to divide our wealth into equal shares on stated occasions. We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him and his a proper security, a reasonable leisure, and a decent living throughout life, is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power.

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.

We have... a clear mandate from the people, that Americans must forswear that conception of the acquisition of wealth which, through excessive profits, creates undue private power over private affairs and, to our misfortune, over public affairs as well. In building toward this end we do not destroy ambition, nor do we seek to divide our wealth into equal shares on stated occasions. We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him and his a proper security, a reasonable leisure, and a decent living throughout life, is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power.

We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.

We know it because democracy alone has constructed an unlimited civilization capable of infinite progress in the improvement of human life.

We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet that live on our knees.

We know it because democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men's enlightened will.

We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.

We know it because, if we look below the surface, we sense it still spreading on every continent — for it is the most humane, the most advanced, and in the end the most unconquerable of all forms of human society.

We... would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.

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First Name
Franklin D.
Last Name
Roosevelt, fully Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aka FDR
Birth Date
1882
Death Date
1945
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American Politician, 32nd President of the United States, only American President elected to more than two terms