FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
"The test of our progress is not whether we add
more to the abundance of those who have much is
whether we provide enough for those who have little."
"When you reach the end of your
rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort."
"Confidence thrives on honesty, on
honor, on the sacredness of obligations,
on faithful protection, and on unselfish
performance. Without them it cannot live."
"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."
"If you treat people right, they will treat
you right…ninety percent of the time."
"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."
"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."
"There are many ways of going forward,
but only one way of standing still."
"I ask you to judge me by
the enemies I have made."
"I think we consider too much the good
luck of the early bird and not enough
the bad luck of the early worm."
"Physical strength can never permanently
withstand the impact of spiritual force."
"The only limit to our
realization of tomorrow
will be our doubts of today."
"To reach a port, we must sail – sail,
not tie at anchor – sail, not drift."
"Rules are not necessarily
sacred. Principles are."
"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."
"Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection."
"Remember, you are just an
extra in everyone else's play."
"Be sincere; be brief; be seated."
"Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people."
"The future belongs to those who
believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"We gain strength, and courage, and
confidence by each experience in which we
really stop to look fear in the face. We must
do that which we think we cannot."
"No one can make you feel
inferior without your consent."
"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One
must believe in it. And it isn't enough
to believe in it. One must work at it."
"It is better to light a candle
than curse the darkness."
"One's philosophy is not best expressed
in words; it is expressed in the choices
one makes…and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility."
"We are afraid to care too
much, for fear that the other
person does not care at all."
"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product."
"Never allow a person to tell you 'no'
who doesn't have the power to say 'yes.'"
"It is not fair to ask of others what
you are not willing to do yourself."
"Friendship with one's self is all-important,
because without it one cannot be
friends with anyone else in the world."
"The giving of love is an education in itself."
"Understanding is a two-way street."
"When will our consciences grow so
tender that we will act to prevent
human misery rather than avenge it?"
"Hate and force cannot be in
just a part of the world without
having an effect on the rest of it."
"When you cease to make a
contribution, you begin to die."
"What you don't do can
be a destructive force."
"I'm so glad I never feel important –
it does complicate life!"
"In all our contacts, it is probably the
sense of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond."