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.
We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions-bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities.
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.
Forests are the lungs of our land.
Our handicaps exist only in our minds.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
Self-help and self-control are the essence of the American tradition.
The chief problem is, of course, whether the marching of the general spirit of things is heading consciously or sub- consciously toward an idea of extension of boundaries.
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.