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Quote: 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. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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.


Quote: The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.


Quote: The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


Quote: I think we consider too much the luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

I think we consider too much the luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.


Quote: Yesterday, December 7, 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... We will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Yesterday, December 7, 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... We will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.


Quote: It is the purpose of government to see that not only the legitimate interests of the few are protected but that the welfare and rights of the many are conserved. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

It is the purpose of government to see that not only the legitimate interests of the few are protected but that the welfare and rights of the many are conserved.


Quote: We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.


Quote: Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.


Quote: Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.


Quote: It is fun to be in the same decade with you. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

It is fun to be in the same decade with you.


Quote: Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.


Quote: Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.


Quote: There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.


Quote: Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.


Quote: No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.


Quote: If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come.


Quote: I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.


Quote: It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


Quote: Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.


Quote: I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.


Quote: To reach a port, we must sail -- sail, not tie at anchor -- sail, not drift. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


Quote: There is nothing I love as much as a good fight. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


Quote: In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up -- or else we all go down. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


Quote: Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.


Quote: The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.


Quote: Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.


Quote: Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.


Quote: 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. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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.


Quote: Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else.


Quote: The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.


Quote: 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. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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.


Quote: It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.


Quote: I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.


Quote: Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.


Quote: Be sincere; be brief; be seated. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.


Quote: I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.


Quote: There are as many opinions as there are experts. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

There are as many opinions as there are experts.


Quote: 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. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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.


Quote: Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.


Quote: Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.


Quote: This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.


Quote: Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them.


Quote: In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.


Quote: No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.


Quote: Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.


Quote: 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. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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.


Quote: We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.


Quote: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: 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. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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.


Quote: When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


Quote: I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.


Quote: In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.


Quote: The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity -- or it will move apart. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity -- or it will move apart.


Quote: Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. by author Franklin D. Roosevelt overlaid on photo of photo of author Franklin D. Roosevelt with quote

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


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