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Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt



Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Calm seas never made a good sailor.”

Calm seas never made a good sailor.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.”

When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Great power involves great responsibility.”

Great power involves great responsibility.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Above all, try something.”

Above all, try something.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.”

Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.”

People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.”

Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Go for the moon. If you don’t get it, you’ll still be heading for a star. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.”

Go for the moon. If you don’t get it, you’ll still be heading for a star. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “The barrier to success is not something which exists in the real world; it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.”

The barrier to success is not something which exists in the real world; it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.”

It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “December 7, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.”

December 7, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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 Quote: “Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.”

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.”

I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Presidents are selected, not elected.”

Presidents are selected, not elected.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.”

To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Necessitous men are not free men.”

Necessitous men are not free men.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom reality.”

Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom reality.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.”

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “If you have spent two years in bed trying to wiggle your big toe, everything else seems easy.”

If you have spent two years in bed trying to wiggle your big toe, everything else seems easy.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “That is the spiral galaxy in Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns. Now I think we are small enough.”

That is the spiral galaxy in Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns. Now I think we are small enough.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it.”

No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.”

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

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them.”

Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “Do the best you can do and wait the results in peace.”

Do the best you can do and wait the results in peace.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: “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.”

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.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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