Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was the thirty-second President of the United States. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945 and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms

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A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.
An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names, but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod.
As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God.
Be sincere be brief be seated.
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
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.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat.
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.
I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
If you treat people right they will treat you right - ninety percent of the time.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed it must be achieved.
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 fun to be in the same decade with you.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
N.B. Fear itself. See also H. D. Thoreau.
Perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace. Let us not forget that the retreat to isolationism a quarter of a century ago was started not by a direct attack against international cooperation but against the alleged imperfections of the peace.
Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.
The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights -- that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
The only thing to fear is fear itself.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
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.
The true conservative is the man who has a real concern for injustices and takes thought against the day of reckoning.
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
These unhappy times call for the building of plans that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
Those who have long enjoyed such privleges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
War is a contagion.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
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.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Yesterday, December seventh, 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.

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