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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
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“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
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“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Great Speeches
“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.”
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“I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”
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“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. ”
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“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
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“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom.”
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“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
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“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”
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“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
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“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
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“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
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“If you treat people right they will treat you right ... ninety percent of the time.”
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“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
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“Presidents are selected, not elected.”
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“Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.”
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“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, Looking Forward
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
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“We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.”
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“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.”
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“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”
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“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.”
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“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”
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“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
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“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.”
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“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.... Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.”
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