17 Influential and Inspiring Quotes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt


The 32nd President of the United States of America. The man who was elected to office for four terms. Arguably one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR.

A few weeks ago, I shared some of the most inspirational quotes from John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the U.S., and his brother, former U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy.

The general election is this Tuesday, November 8. Like many other citizens, I have already cast my ballot. But thousands more will be voting Tuesday.

In this chaotic time, I thought it fitting to reflect back on the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“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 of peace.”

“Knowing what is right doesn’t mean much unless you do what is right.”

“Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.”

“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 cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.”

“If you treat people right, they will treat you right….ninety percent of the time.”

“Above all, try something.”

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

“To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.”

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

“Be sincere; Be brief; Be seated.”

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

“Happiness does not lie the mere possession of money, it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”


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