Franklin Delano Roosevelt

32nd President of the United States; elected four times; instituted New Deal to counter the Great Depression and led country during World War II (1882-1945)

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A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Above all, try something.
Concentration of wealth and power has been built upon other people's money, other people's business, other people's labor. Under this concentration, independent business has been a menace to American society.
Every man has a right to life. That means that he also has a right to make a comfortable living.
Every time an artist dies, part of the vision of mankind passes with him.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
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.
I consider it a public duty to answer falsifications with facts. I will not pretend that I find this an unpleasant duty. I am an old campaigner, and I love a good fight.
I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.
I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind.
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.
No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level--I mean the wages of decent living.
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. 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.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts about reality.
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.
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 to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.
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.
We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
Wise and prudent men -- intelligent conservatives -- have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing times.

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