“I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.
“It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.
“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.
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.
The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.
War is a contagion.
“Don’t forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
“I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.
“Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.
“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.
“Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.
“Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.
“We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.
“I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
“It is fun to be in the same decade with you.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
“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.
“We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power.