40+ Best Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. Profoundly inspirational Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

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… would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.

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.

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

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

No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it.

There are as many opinions as there are experts.

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.

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

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

Freedom of speech is of no use to a man who has nothing to say and freedom of worship is of no use to a man who has lost his God.

We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

Peace, like charity, begins at home.

Amazing Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

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

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

If you treat people right they will treat you right—ninety percent of the time.

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

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.

Be sincere, be brief, be seated.

Democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men’s enlightened will.

People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.

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

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

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.

We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.

We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.

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

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

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

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.

This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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.

As a nation, we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft-headed.

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.

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