Franklin Roosevelt Quotes Page 2
We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way. The third is freedom from want . . . The fourth is freedom from fear.
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Tonight, on Christmas Eve, all men and women everywhere who loveChristmas are thinking of that ancient town and of the star offaith that shone there more than nineteen centuries ago.
Franklin Roosevelt, December 24, 1943 address
I believe, however, that our own peaceful and neighborly attitude towardother Nations is coming to be understood and appreciated. The maintenanceof international peace is a matter in which we are deeply and unselfishlyconcerned.
Dictatorship, however, involves costs which the American people will neverpay: The cost of our spiritual values. The cost of the blessed right ofbeing able to say what we please. The cost of freedom of religion. The costof seeing our capital confiscated. The cost of being cast into aconcentration camp. The cost of being afraid to walk down the street withthe wrong neighbor. The cost of having our children brought up, not as freeand dignified human beings, but as pawns molded and enslaved by a machine.
We must look ahead and see the possibilities for our children if the restof the world comes to be dominated by concentrated force alone–even thoughtoday we are a very great and a very powerful nation.
This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of itsmillions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidanceof God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our supportgoes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strengthis our unity of purpose.
We have learned by the mistakes that we have made.
Peace can be made and kept only by the united determination of free andpeace-loving peoples who are willing to work together–willing to help oneanother–willing to respect and tolerate and try to understand one another’sopinions and feelings.
If we attack our problems with determination we shall succeed. And we mustsucceed. For freedom and peace cannot exist without security.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.
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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.
The future lies with those wise political leaders who realize that the great public is interested more in government than in politics.