Franklin D. Roosevelt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes, Franklin D. Roosevelt sayings, and Franklin D. Roosevelt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There are as many opinions as there are experts.     

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Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we forget in time that men have died to win them.     

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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.     

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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.     

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Be sincere; be brief; be seated.      

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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.     

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An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names, but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod.     

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Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.     

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You sometimes find something good in the lunatic fringe. In fact, we have got as part of our social and economic government today a whole lot of things which in my boyhood were considered lunatic fringe, and yet they are now part of everyday life.     

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

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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.     

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Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.     

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Taxes are paid in the sweat of every man who labors.     

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Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.     

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We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.     

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

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Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.     

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