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Quotations From FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT

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  • 41.
    We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said, that the only way to have a friend is to be one. We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion or mistrust or with fear.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 12, fourth inaugural address (Jan. 20, 1945), ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960). In this address the President tried to persuade those who might return to an isolationist orientation at the end of the war that only by looking to friendship among nations and continued international involvement could future crises be avoided.

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  • 42.
    No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Government and Democracy, p. 33, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982).

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  • 43.
    The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, On America, p. 7, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982). On the value of education.

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  • 44.
    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 (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Government and Democracy, p. 29, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982).

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  • 45.
    To win this war, we have been forced into a strategic compromise which will most certainly offend the Russians.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Edward M. Bennett, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory: American-Soviet Relations, 1939-1945, p. 69, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1990). Elliott Roosevelt, As He Saw It, p. 109, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York (1946). FDR referred here especially to the delay of the Second Front which would make the Soviets suspicious of the real purpose of their allies in prosecuting the war and would lay the foundations for the suspicions which led to the Cold War.

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  • 46.
    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.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, On America, p. 15, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982). On the value of works of art.

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  • 47.
    The chief problem is, of course, whether the marching of the general spirit of things is heading consciously or sub- consciously toward an idea of extension of boundaries.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. letter, January 8, 1934, to Ambassador John Cudahy in Warsaw, PPF 1193, John Cudahy Folder. Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Edward M. Bennett, Recognition of Russia: An American Foreign Policy Dilemma, p. 86, Ginn/Blaisdell (1970). This was in response to a letter from Ambassador Cudahy of December 27, 1933, in which Cudahy said that there was no cause for alarm about the paramilitary organizations forming in Germany as this was a peculiar manifestation of the German social spirit wherein Germans like to put on uniforms and march around to martial music to let off steam. He compared the SS and SA to Elks, Eagles and Woodmen in the United States. FDR implied that he believed that when Germans put on uniforms and marched around to martial music, they often marched across someone's borders.
  • 48.
    Frankly, I do not know how to effect a permanency in American foreign policy.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Letter of January 30, 1934, President's Personal File, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York. Edward M. Bennett, Recognition of Russia: An American Foreign Policy Dilemma, p. 82, Ginn/Blaisdell (1970). A friend had asked FDR to provide a long-range perspective on American foreign policy in order that the people could follow his leadership. FDR did not believe that it was possible to lay out a long term, specific plan in foreign policy. He preferred a pragmatic approach.
  • 49.
    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.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Government and Democracy, p. 38, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982).

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  • 50.
    I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1954), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, On America, p. 6, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982). On national development and progress.
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