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Franklin D. Roosevelt
1882 - 1945
American statesman, Democratic President

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

Dec. 8, 1941 - from a speech to the United States Congress calling for a declaration of war on Japan the day after the attack on Pearl Harbour
A really great people, proud and high-spirited, would face all the disasters of war rather than purchase that base prosperity which is bought at the price of national honor.

Feb. 23, 1907 - from a speech delivered at Harvard University
Self-help and self-control are the essence of the American tradition.

Jan. 3, 1934 - from his State of the Union address
Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.

If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own... If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation.

Jun. 30, 1938 - from a speech to the U.S. National Education Association
 One sure way to determine the social conscience of a Government is to examine the way taxes are collected and how they are spent. And one sure way to determine the social conscience of an individual is to get his tax-reaction. Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.

Oct. 21, 1936 - from a campaign speech delivered in Worcester, Massacheusetts
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent.

[Speaking against appeasement of the Nazis] No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb.

Dec. 29, 1940 - from his "Fireside Chat" radio address
A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air.

Oct. 26, 1939 - from a radio broadcast, quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations