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Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, especially, are descended descended from immigrants immigrants and revolutionists.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to add more to the abundance abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide provide enough for those who have too little.

To reach a port we must set sail sail

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather rather the assessment assessment that something else is more important than fear.

The liberty liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.

The Truth is found when men (and Women) are free to pursue pursue it.

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

Great power involves involves great responsibility

Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity charity than the consistent consistent omissions of a government frozen frozen in the ice of its own indifference. indifference.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace business and financial monopoly, speculation, speculation, reckless reckless banking, class antagonism, antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. wounded. I have seen men coughing out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen 200 limping, limping, exhausted exhausted men come out of line the survivors survivors of a regiment regiment of 1,000 that went forward 48 hours before. I have seen children starving. starving. I have seen the agony agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

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

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges privileges as we enjoy forget in time tha

First of all, let let me assert assert my firm firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts efforts to convert retreat retreat into advance.

I have an unshaken conviction conviction that democracy can never be undermined undermined if we maintain our library resources and a national intelligence capable capable of utilizing utilizing them.

There should be no bitterness bitterness or hate where the sole sole thought is the welfare of the United United States of America. No man can occupy occupy the office of President without realizing realizing that he is President of all the people.

The country needs and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it If it fails admit it frankly and try another. another. But above all try something.

More striking striking still, it appeared appeared that, if the process of concentration goes on at the same rate, at the end of another another century we shall have all American industry controlled by a dozen corporations and run by run by perhaps perhaps a hundred men. Put plainly, we are steering steering a steady steady course toward economic oligarchy, oligarchy, if we are not there already.

A Radical Radical is a man with both feet firmly firmly planted in the air. A Conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned learned to walk forward. A Reactionary Reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A Liberal Liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest behest at the command of his head.

Today we are faced with faced with the pre eminent eminent fact that if civilization is to survive, survive, we must cultivate cultivate the science of human relationships, the ability ability of all peoples of all kins to live together live together and to work together in the same world at peace.

There is a mysterious mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous rendezvous with destiny. destiny. In this world of ours in other lands, there are some people, who, in times past, have lived and fought for freedom, and seem seem to have grown too weary weary to carry on carry on the fight. They have sold their heritage heritage of freedom for the illusion illusion of a living. They have yielded their democracy. I believe in believe in my heart that only our success can stir stir their ancient ancient hope. They begin to know that here in America we are waging waging a war against want and destitution and economic demoralization. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival survival of democracy. We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world.

Physical strength can never permanently withstand withstand the impact impact of spiritual spiritual force.

It is the purpose of government to see that not only the legitimate legitimate interests of the few are protected protected but that the welfare and rights of the many are conserved. conserved.

The history of the last half century is accordingly in large measure a history of financial titans, whose methods were not scrutinized scrutinized with too much care and who were honored in proportion as they produced the results, irrespective of the means means they used.

True regulation is for the equal benefit of the consumer and the investor, and the only man who will suffer from true regulation is the speculator speculator or the unscrupulous unscrupulous promoter who levies tribute tribute equally from the man who buys the service and from the man who invests his savings in this great industry.

The lessons of history, confirmed confirmed by the evidence evidence immediately before me, show conclusively conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces induces a spiritual spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally fundamentally destructive to the national fiber

No realistic realistic American can expect from a dictator's peace international generosity, generosity, or return of true independence, or world disarmament, or freedom of expression, or freedom of religion, or even good business. Such a peace would bring no security for us or for our neighbors. Those, who would give up essential essential liberty liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve deserve neither liberty liberty nor safety

We know that equality of individual ability ability has never existed existed and never will, but we do insist insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought. sought.

Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody embody man's eternal eternal fight against tyranny. tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.

Good government should maintain the balance where every individual may have a place if he will take it, where every individual may find safety if he wishes it, where every individual may attain such power as his ability ability permits, consistent consistent with his assuming the accompanying accompanying responsibility.

Nobody will ever deprive deprive the American people of the right to vote except except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

I call for call for effort, effort, courage, sacrifice, sacrifice, devotion. Granting the love of freedom, all of these are possible. And the love of freedom is still fierce fierce and steady steady in the nation today. June 10, 1940

Confidence... thrives thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness sacredness of obligations, obligations, on faithful protection protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.

The very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination determination of our government to give employment to idle idle men.

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned learned how to walk forward.

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