Selected Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

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

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

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

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.

To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.

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15 thoughts on “Selected Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

    • A legal immigrant must pass an exam to show his knowledge of the language, the history
      of America and its values. I wonder why American born allowed to vote without passing
      the same exam.

    • If people don’t work (meaning any creative effort for money or not)
      they can’t be happy. No work and no growth create evil (riots, killings, etc.).

    • Have you read a book “Man Called Intrepid” (The Incredible Narrative Of
      The Hero Whose Spy Network And Secret Diplomacy Changed The Course Of History).
      It shows how FDR was able to foresee and to act. It is also a very interesting
      portrait of a wonderful Canadian.

      • No I haven’t, but I’m putting it on my list. Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚
        The mini series was around 12 hours long over six nights, but it was so interesting and inspiring I watched it all. FDR did have an uncanny ability to see what was coming and no pity for those who refused to act. I wish I had an ounce of his fortitude.
        Who was the Canadian?

  1. Thank you for these wonderful quotes, JF. I just finished watching the Ken Burns series on The Roosevelts, and have enjoyed a renewed interest in FDR and Eleanor. I especially like the last two quotes you have have here. πŸ™‚

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