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Franklin Delano Roosevelt quotes (35)

Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Authority

The creed of our democracy is that liberty is acquired and kept by men and women who are strong and self-reliant and possessed of such wisdom as God gives mankind – men and women who are just and understanding and generous to others – men and women who are capable of disciplining themselves. For they are the rulers and they must rule themselves.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Democracy

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Selfishness

To reach a port we must sail sail not tie at anchor sail not drift.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Sailor

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.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Government

Peace like charity begins at home.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Home

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Conservative

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.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Progress

We are a nation of many nationalities many races many religions bound together by a single unity the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another seeks to degrade all nationalities.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Nation

More than an end to war we want an end to the beginning of all wars yes an end to this brutal inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: War

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Day

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: School

... in politics nothing is accidental. If something happens be assured it was planned this way.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Politics

I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Ambition

Every man has a right to life. That means that he also has a right to make a comfortable living.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Life

Nothing is so responsible for the good old days as a bad memory.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Memory

Men are not prisoners of fate but only prisoners of their own mind.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Fate

There are many ways of going forward but only one way of standing still.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Do

We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Desire

There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Fight

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 Delano Roosevelt   Category: Factory

When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Persecution

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself nameless unreasoning unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Assert

I have a terrific headache. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Last

We stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair. If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place he must have equal opportunity in the market place.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Freedom

We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Future

No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Business

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Evil

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: President

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Truth

The presidency is not merely an administrative office. It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Leadership

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Easy

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 Delano Roosevelt   Category: Environment

Sports is the very fiber of all we stand for. It keeps our spirits alive.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Sports

Happiness ... it lies in the joy of achievement in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Happiness