Franklin Delano Roosevelt, referred to as FDR, was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, and died April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia. He studied at Harvard University and Columbia Law School and later became the United States president from 1933 until 1945. He has written many books and the most popular is the Fireside Chats. It shows how FDR spoke to American leaders intelligently, addressing many complex economic and social issues.
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On November 7, 1944, President Roosevelt, FDR, is elected as a president for four terms. Today, he remains as the president that has the longest tenure in U.S history. He was elected because Americans believe he can combat the great depression and Germany and Japan’s rise. All of this challenge he faced made him a defining figure in American history.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT QUOTES
Below you’ll find a compilation of quotes made only by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. You can also get this book of life and quotes from Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“To reach a port we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
“Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, and on unselfish performance; without them, it cannot live.”
“Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships—the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at peace.”
“It isn’t sufficient just to want, you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.”
“We can afford all that we need, but we cannot afford all that we want.”
“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”
“But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
Excellent leadership qualities are among the traits that made Franklin Roosevelt the only American who served over two terms. Taking inspiration from FDR’s legacy, reflect on the above quotes as you think about your leadership approach.
Perhaps the most remarkable achievements and the impact we’ll leave as leaders in the field are the bonds we created and the lives we touched. Let’s emulate FDR’s vision, bravery, and courage, but most importantly, let’s reflect his deep empathy for humans—so that all the members we lead can say that they are valued.