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Franklin D. Roosevelt or FDR as he came to be known in later years was born on January 30, 1882 to a very old and well-known family in the state of New York. Roosevelt's family was well-to-do and allowed him to grow up with all the privileges that came with wealth. FDR's early schooling was at a very traditional Episcopalian school where the headmaster instilled in him that it was every Cristian's duty to help those who are less fortunate. He attended Harvard College and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in History and later received an honorary Doctorate degree. He continued on to law school but did not complete that degree when he passed the State Bar exam in New York. In March of 1905 he married Eleanor despite family objections and raised six children with her despite numerous affairs outside of his marriage. FDR began his political carrier by running for the Senate and he continued as a state senator until Wilson was elected president and he took over as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He had numerous failed attempts at running for the senate and presidential primaries but continued his work with the Navy and supported building submarines. In 1920 he won the nomination for vice-presidential candidate but lost to Warren G. Harding. In 1921, he developed polio and ended up paralyzed from the waist down. He hid his paralysis by using braces and canes in public. He was elected governor of New York in 1928 and then the presidential election in 1932. He led the US through World War II with a fourth elected term. He passed away March 29, 1945.

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

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

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

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
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Great power involves great responsibility.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without
ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range and mount the
most powerful guns.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to
walk forward.
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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.
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The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It
must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.
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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward
with strong and active faith.
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Confidence...
thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on
unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
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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 little.
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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
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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."
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We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, we now know that it is
bad economics.
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When you get to the end of your rope - tie a knot and hang on.
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I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the
wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud.
I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, exhausted men come out of line - the
survivors of a regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen children
starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more
important than fear.
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Those who cherish their freedom and recognize and respect the equal right of their neighbors
to be free and live in peace must work together for the triumph of law and moral principles in
order that peace, justice, and confidence may prevail in the world.
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

All work undertaken should be useful - not just for a day, or a year, but useful in the sense
that it affords permanent improvement in living conditions or that it creates future new wealth
for the nation.
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Presidents are selected, not elected.
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Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from
immigrants and revolutionists.
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In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon
four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in
the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -
everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms,
means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for
its inhabitants - everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated
into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a
thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression
against any neighbor - anywhere in the world.
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Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant
enough to be free.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to
a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is
fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private
power.
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No nation which refuses to exercise forbearance and to respect the freedom and rights of
others can long remain strong and retain the confidence and respect of other nations.
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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

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