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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (30 January 1882 12 April 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. He was husband to Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

We do our best that we know how at the moment, and if it doesn't turn out, we modify it.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, 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--which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants--everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression gainst any neighbor--anywhere in the world.

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The true conservative is the man who has a real concern for injustices and takes thought against the day of reckoning.

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If you treat people right they will treat you right - ninety percent of the time.

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In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

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Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

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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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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

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We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

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There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.

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.

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One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment. If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.

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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

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

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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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Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.

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.

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