A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
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.
The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.
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.
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.
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...
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,
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.
Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth.
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.
We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor - the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others - the neighbor who respects his obligations and respect
Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.
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.
The civilization of the past 100 years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure. Young people have come to wonder what would be their lot when they came to old age. The man with a job has wondered how long the job would last.
I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all of mankind
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.
FDR had failed in his effort to get America behind the war effort until Pearl Harbor, although he was convinced Hitler had to be confronted. What he thought was 'If Britain goes down, we're next,'
Yesterday, December seventh, 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.
Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
Wise and prudent men - intelligent conservatives - have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing time
I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.
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.
The hand that held the dagger has thrust it into the nape of its neighbor's neck.
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