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 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.

We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Wealth in the modern world does not come merely from individual effort; it results from a combination of individual effort and of the manifold uses to which the community puts that effort. The individual does not create the product of his industry with his own hands; he utilizes the many processes and forces of mass production to meet the demands of a national and international market. Therefore, in spite of the great importance in our national life of the efforts and ingenuity of unusual individuals, the people in the mass have inevitably helped to make large fortunes possible. Without mass cooperation great accumulations of wealth would be impossible save by unhealthy speculation. AsAndrew Carnegie put it, "Where wealth accrues honorably, the people are always silent partners." Whether it be wealth achieved through the cooperation of the entire community or riches gained by speculation—in either case the ownership of such wealth or riches represents a great public interest and a great ability to pay.

We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought.

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

We know that we still have far to go; that we must more greatly build the security and the opportunity and the knowledge of every citizen, in the measure justified by the resources and the capacity of the land.

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

We look forward to a word founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want... The fourth is freedom from fear.

Whoever seeks to set one race against another seeks to enslave all races.

Author Picture
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