Franklin D. Roosevelt, In Words


Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American politician and attorney who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.



As most posts, this post draws inspiration from someone else.

Ginny Fuchs

A Smooth sea never made a Skilled Sailor.



I understand that the UK has a duty to honor and mourn for their Queen, rightfully so, and all sporting events will be cancelled. Therefore, my fight has been postponed till further notice. “A smooth sea never made a skill sailor.”




  1. I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
  2. Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
  3. A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
  4. It’s a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and to find no one there.
  5. Cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.
  6. When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
  7. The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
  8. 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.
  9. In his struggle for selfish gain, man has often needlessly tipped the scales so that Nature’s balance has been destroyed, and the public welfare has usually been on the short-weighted side.
  10. The history of the last half century is accordingly in large measure a history of financial titans, whose methods were not scrutinized with too much care and who were honored in proportion as they produced the results, irrespective of the means they used.
  11. It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.
  12. Modern civilization has become so complex and the lives of civilized men so interwoven with the lives of other men in other countries as to make it impossible to be in this world and not of it.
  13. Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.
  14. 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
  15. Presidents are selected, not elected.
  16. Be sincere, Be brief, Be seated.
  17. We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
  18. One cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
  19. Let us be clear at the outset that the liberty of individuals to carry on their business should not be abrogated unless the larger interests of the many are concerned. It is the purpose of government to see that not only the legitimate interests of the few are protected but that the welfare and rights of the many are conserved. These are the principals which must be remembered in any consideration of this question. This, I take it, is sound government-not politics.
  20. 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 too little.
  21. 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.
  22. Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
  23. Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
  24. Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
  25. We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.
  26. In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.
  27. The country needs and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. 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.
  28. Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
  29. Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
  30. We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought.
  31. I see one-third of a nation ill housed, ill clad, ill nourished…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 that have too little
  32. Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionaries.
  33. Good government should maintain the balance where every individual may have a place if he will take it, where every individual may find safety if he wishes it, where every individual may attain such power as his ability permits, consistent with his assuming the accompanying responsibility.


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