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  • A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • 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)

  • Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)


  • The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • The value of love will always be stronger than the value of hate.. Any nation or group of nations which employs hatred eventually is torn to pieces by hatred...
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group,
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • If I were starting life over again, I am inclined to think that I would go into the advertising business in preference to almost any other. The general raising of the standards of modern civilization among all groups of people during the past half ce.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  • To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)


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