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.
Forests are the lungs of our land.
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.
Our handicaps exist only in our minds.
Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
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.
A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted-in the air.
I see an America whose rivers and valleys and lakes hills and streams and plains the mountains over our land and nature’s wealth deep under the earth are protected as the rightful heritage of all the people.
No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country… By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.
The people of America are in agreement in defending their liberties at any cost, and the first line of that defense lies in the protection of economic security.
The first theory is that if we make the rich richer, somehow they will let a part of their prosperity trickle down to the rest of us. The second theory was the theory that if we make the average of mankind comfortable and secure, their prosperity will rise upward through the ranks.
The core of our defense is the faith we have in the institutions we defend.
Democracy, the practice of self-government, is a covenant among free men to respect the rights and liberties of their fellows.
We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.
This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world.