Franklin D. Roosevelt
Quotations


It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.

The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.

But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world.

In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.

No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.

A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.

When a country is at war we want Congressmen, regardless of party, to back up the government of the United States.

Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form.

We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests.

The core of our defense is the faith we have in the institutions we defend.

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.

We must be the great arsenal of democracy.

The people of America are in agreement in defending their liberties at any cost, and the first line of that defense lies in the protection of economic security.

Preparation for defense is an inalienable prerogative of a sovereign state.

The American people want their government to act, and not merely to talk, whenever and wherever there is a threat to world peace.

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.

There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected.



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