Quotes from Franklin D. Roosevelt

Roosevelt's Words

circa 1932: The American statesman and 32nd American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945).

Franklin D. Roosevelt served as the 32nd president of the United States. He is the only individual to have been elected to more than two terms as president serving from March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945. He was president during the Great Depression and World War II

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who, however, has never learned to walk.... A liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest of his head." - Radio Address to the New York Herald Tribune Forum.

 October 26, 1939

"This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny." - Speech before the 1936 Democratic National Convention. June 27, 1936

"We can afford all that we need; but we cannot afford all that we want." - Veto of the Bonus Bill. May 22, 1935. 

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." - Pearl Harbor Speech. 

"Let us have the courage to stop borrowing to meet continuing deficits. Stop the deficits." - Radio Address on the National Democratic Platform From Albany, New York. July 30, 1932.

"We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.... freedom of speech and expression...freedom of every person to worship God in his own way...freedom from want...freedom from fear." - Franklin D. Roosevelt's Address to Congress.

 January 6, 1941.

"Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much." - Fireside Chat. February 23, 1942.

"No man can tame a tiger by stroking it." - Fireside Chat. December 29, 1940.

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." 1933 Inaugural Address.

"One thing is sure. We have to do something.

We have to do the best we know how at the moment. If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along."