Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Quoted in Rendezvous with Destiny - Faith Behind the Fight, 2005)
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (First Inaugural Address, 1933)
We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Greeting to the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, 1940)
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Pan American Day Adress, 1939)
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Speech in Chicago, 1932)
To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Quoted in Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shaping of American Political Culture - Volume 1, 2001)
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 (Second Inaugural Address, 1937)
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Speech, 1936)
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Advice given to his son James on giving speeches)
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 (Quoted in The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938)
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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Speech, 1935)
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 D. Roosevelt (Letter to all State Governors on a Uniform Soil Conservation Law, 1937)
It is fun to be in the same decade with you.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Letter to Winston Churchill)
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Message for Jefferson Day, 1945)
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 (Speech, 1941)
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 (Quoted in Roosevelt's Foreign Policy, 1933-1941)
Yesterday, December 7, 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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Adress to Congress after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941)
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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 (Quoted in Franklin D. Roosevelt's Own Story, 1951)
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 (Letter to W. W. Norton, 1941)
No man can tame a tiger by stroking it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Speech in Washington D. C., 1940)
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Radio Talk, 1941)
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1936)
I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Letter, 1933)
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Quoted in The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1950)
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Address to the National Education Association, 1938)
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Address in Radio, 1939)
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Poverty anywhere constitutes a danger to prosperity everywhere.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Adress to Conference of International Labor Organization, 1944)
I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have seen war... and I hate it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Address at Chautauqua, 1936)
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Quoted in The Roosevelt I Knew, 1946)

Franklin D. Roosevelt Biography

Born: January 30, 1882
Died: April 12, 1945

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. He had an important role in the world events that took place in the 20th cenury, The world war and the great depression.


Popular Quotes

Stoicism Quotes and Excerpts (On a Variety of Topics)

Christian Mysticism Quotes and Excerpts (20+ Mystics)

Sufism Quotes and Poems (Islamic Mysticism)

Spiritual Quotes That Will Make You Question Your Reality

34 Positive Quotes on Life (One-Liners)

Subscribe to iPerceptive

Receive a free book on mysticism, online spirituality courses and weekly thought-provoking quotes.