Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Most popular Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

There's no indispensable man.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

mankind

There is no indispensable man.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is no indispensable human.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Peace like charity begins at home.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

peace

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

fear

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

lying

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

egotism

The truth is found when people are free to pursue it.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

confidence mankind

A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted—in the air.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

politics common sense

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

mind fate

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

freedom

A Government can be no better than the public opinion which sustains it.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every time an artist dies, part of the vision of mankind passes with him.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

artists

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

intelligence

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who refuses to walk forward.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

conservatives

The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

aspiration selfishness

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

education

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the
future.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

future

In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

America neighbors

We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

youth

Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

taxes

We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

economics

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
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conservatives

The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

America

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

food for thought

Eternal truths will be neither true or eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
We and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

revolution

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

happiness

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
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

hopeful

Liberty requires opportunity to make a living — a living which gives a man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
We all know that books burn — yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
The future lies with those wise political leaders who realize that the great public is interested more in government than in politics.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
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

earth ecology

Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out the balance also the lives of men.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

nature

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

education knowledge

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 little.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

voting

The gains of education are never really lost. Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth, like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

education

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.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

America

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 time.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

change

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars — yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships.  Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

ideas books

Inside the polling booth every American man and woman stands as the equal of every other American man and woman. There they have no superiors. There they have no masters save their own minds and consciences.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

voting

We look forward to a world 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 freedom is from want....The fourth is freedom from fear.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
The True conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. The most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change. Liberalism becomes the protection for the far-sighted conservative.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

conservatives