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Quotes By Franklin D. Roosevelt

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DOB
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30-01-1882
DOD
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12-04-1945
Former American President Franklin D Roosevelt had won the hearts of many ardent followers during the course of his career. It didn't matter that ‘New York Herald Tribune’ columnist, Walter Lippmann opined about him, "He is a pleasant man who, without any important qualifications for the office, would very much like to be President". It is this interesting characteristic trait that Roosevelt employed during a meeting of his with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin. Initially Roosevelt found it quite hard to break the ice with the rather stern-faced Stalin (nicknamed "the old buzzard" by the American President), but soon he decided to change his approach. The following day, before their conference started, Franklin Roosevelt told the British statesman as a warning, “Winston, I hope you won’t be sore at me for what I’m going to do”. Unbeknownst to Churchill, the English diplomat was made the butt of all jokes, be it his famous love for cigars or John Bull, a figure used to glorify England. This continued for quite some time till Winston Churchill was fuming with rage and Stalin was cracking up with laughter. Finally, the deed was done, and the great American leader had managed to cut through the Soviet chief’s cold demeanour. With his peerless sense of humor, Roosevelt had not only befriended the uncommunicative Stalin, but had also taken the liberty of calling the latter, “Uncle Joe”.

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be won.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

- 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

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

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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