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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York. He was a member of the Democratic Party and served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A hero during World War II, Roosevelt is best known for leading the country through its worst economic crisis – the Great Depression. He died on April 12, 1945. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at Roosevelt’s life and legacy.

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About Franklin Roosevelt

birth of the author

January 30, 1882

death of the author

April 12, 1945

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Cause Of Death:
Cerebral Hemorrhage

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Political Party:

education of the author

Harvard University

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Politician, Lawyer


How many people in the United States do you think will be willing to go to war to free Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania? — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Private enterprise is ceasing to be free enterprise. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Private enterprise is ceasing to be free enterprise. Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self reliant enough to be free. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Necessitous men are not free men. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

All free peoples are deeply impressed by the courage and steadfastness of the Greek nation. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The essence of our struggle is that men shall be free. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The public schools shall be free from sectarian influences and, above all, free from any attitude of hostility to the adherents of any particular creed. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our government is based on the belief that a people can be both strong and free, that civilized men need no restraint but that imposed by themselves against abuse of freedom. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy, the practice of self–government, is a covenant among free men to respect the rights and liberties of their fellows. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The driving force of a nation lies in its spiritual purpose, made effective by free, tolerant but unremitting national will. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Beware of that profound enemy of the free enterprise system who pays lip–service to free competition, but also labels every antitrust prosecution as a persecution. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

A program whose basic thesis is, not that the system of free enterprise for profit has failed in this generation, but that it has not yet been tried! — Franklin D. Roosevelt

If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free — Franklin D. Roosevelt


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

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The American People in their Righteous Might will win through to Absolute Victory. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The American people want their government to act, and not merely to talk, whenever and wherever there is a threat to world peace. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Failure is not an American habit. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I tell the American people solemnly that the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

It [concentration of wealth and power] has been a menace to . . . American democracy. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frankly, I do not know how to effect a permanency in American foreign policy. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

The Democratic Party will live and continue to receive the support of the majority of Americans just so long as it remains a liberal party. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The best customer of American industry is the well paid worker. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Among American citizens, there should be no forgotten men and no forgotten races. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am … willing to make it clear that American foreign policy must uphold the sanctity of international treaties. That is the cornerstone on which all relations between nations must rest. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Self–help and self–control are the essence of the American tradition. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In time of this grave national danger, when all excess income should go to win the war, no American citizen ought to have a net income, after he has paid his taxes, of more than $25,000 a year. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


Do the best you can do and wait the results in peace. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Peace, like charity, begins at home. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We know that enduring peace cannot be bought at the cost of other people’s freedom. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sometimes the best way to keep peace in the family is to keep the members of the family apart for awhile. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Peace, like war, can succeed only where there is a will to enforce it, and where there is available power to enforce it. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The motto of war is: ‘Let the strong survive; let the weak die.’ The motto of peace is: ‘Let the strong help the weak to survive. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

When peace has been broken anywhere, the peace of all countries is in danger. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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


The whole world is one neighborhood. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most difficult place in the world to get a clear and open perspective of the country as a whole is Washington. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Lord, reform Thy world, beginning with me. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The ultimate victory of tomorrow is democracy, and through democracy with education, for no people in all the world can be kept eternally ignorant or eternally enslaved. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The barrier to success is not something which exists in the real world; it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The loneliest feeling in the world is when you think you are leading the parade and turn to find that no one is following you. No president who badly misguesses public opinion will last very long. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Unless the peace that follows recognizes that the whole world is one neighborhood and does justice to the whole human race, the germs of another world war will remain as a constant threat to mankind. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships–the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Resort to force in the Great War (I) failed to bring tranquillity. Victory and defeat alike were sterile. That lesson the world should have learned. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


We must be the great arsenal of Democracy. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Democracy is not a static thing. It is an everlasting march. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The real safeguard of democracy is education. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In our democracy officers of the government are the servants, and never the masters of the people. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We have the men––the skill––the wealth––and above all, the will…. We must be the great arsenal of democracy. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have an unshaken conviction that democracy can never be undermined if we maintain our library resources and a national intelligence capable of utilizing them. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


I see one–third of a nation ill–housed, ill–clad, ill–nourished. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

As a nation, we may take pride in the fact that we are softhearted; but we cannot afford to be soft–headed. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In the field of world policy; I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

This nation asks for action, and action now. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In a democratic nation, power must be linked with responsibility, and obliged to defend and justify itself within the framework of the general good. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In the formative days of the Republic, the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


Some people can never understand that you have to wait, even for the best of things, until the right time comes. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

I think this would be a good time for a beer. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We have nothing to fear but missing our massage appointment time — Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you treat people right they will treat you right … ninety percent of the time. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Appeasement’ is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

You cannot organize civilization around the core of militarism and at the same time expect reason to control human destinies. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Liberty requires opportunity to make a living––a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives a man not only enough to live by, but something to live for. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every time an artist dies, part of the vision of mankind passes with him. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom of speech…Freedom of worship…Freedom from want…Freedom from fear. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The function of Government must be to favor no small group at the expense of its duty to protect the rights of personal freedom and of private property of all its citizens. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Labor Day symbolizes our determination to achieve an economic freedom for the average man which will give his political freedom realty. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

We think of our land and water and human resources not as static and sterile possessions but as life giving assets to be directed by wise provisions for future days. — Franklin D. Roosevelt


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