Forests are the lungs of our land.
I sometimes think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
How many people in the United States do you think will be willing to go to war to free Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania?
The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic -- have always blown on free men.
We must be the great arsenal of Democracy.
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.
The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
I think we consider too much the luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
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.
Some people can never understand that you have to wait, even for the best of things, until the right time comes.
We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.
Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
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.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
It is fun to be in the same decade with you.
Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.
Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.
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.
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.
No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned.
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.
I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.
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.
I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.
To reach a port, we must sail -- sail, not tie at anchor -- sail, not drift.
There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.
In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up -- or else we all go down.
Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.
Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.
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.
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.
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.
The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
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.
It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.
I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
There are as many opinions as there are experts.
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.
Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.
This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them.
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.
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.
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
The only thing we have to fear is fear it'self -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
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.
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.
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.
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.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.