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American 32nd president of U.S.
(1882 - 1945)
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A government can be no better than the public opinion which sustains it.
      - [Opinion]

An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as two peas in the same pod.
      - [Elections]

Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men and women.
      - [Books]

Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free.
      - [Freedom]

I tell the American people solemnly that the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship.
      - in his 1941 Independence Day Broadcast
        [America : Dictatorship : Liberty]

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
      - [Luck]

If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free.
      - [Censorship]

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 press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free.
      - [Free Speech]

In a democratic nation, power must be linked with responsibility, and obliged to defend and justify itself within the framework of the general good.
      - in last annual message to Congress, Janurary 6, 1945

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
      - [Fate]

Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.
      - [Time]

No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
      - [Business]

Private enterprise is ceasing to be free enterprise.
      - [Enterprise]

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
      - [Repetition]

Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.
      - [Taxation]

The Nazi danger to our Western world has long ceased to be a mere possibility. The danger is here now--not only from a military enemy but from an enemy of all law, all liberty, all morality, all religion.
      - radio broadcast from the White House

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
      - [Future : Tomorrow]

There are as many opinions as there are experts.
      - [Opinion]

To reach a port, we must sail--sail, not tie at anchor--sail, not drift.
      - [Direction]

To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic.
      - [Heroes]

Too often in recent history liberal governments have been wrecked on rocks of loose fiscal policy.
      - [Economics]

We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world.
      - [America]

We can afford all that we need; but we cannot afford all that we want.
      - [Want]

We do our best that we know how at the moment, and if it doesn't turn out, we modify it.
      - [Effort]

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics.
      - [Self-interest]

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