Quotes by Franklin D. Roosevelt (President/American).

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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.
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I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.
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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.
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I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
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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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Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country.
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It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.
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Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
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To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.
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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.
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I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.
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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.
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Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.
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Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
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The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
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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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When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
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A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.
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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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Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
• Franklin D. Roosevelt

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