Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or commonly known by his initials FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States of America. A reputable American politician, Roosevelt soon became a central public figure.
He brought upon numerous policies and ideals and progressed throughout the years. In fact, modern liberalism in the United States was defined and shaped by him, as he built the New Deal Coalition in the 20th century. He is also greatly known for his work and efforts during the Great Depression as he helped the unemployed and farmers by implementing essential policies and programs.
For his hard and effortless work, Roosevelt is regarded to be one of the greatest Presidents the United States has ever had.
Here are some of the most inspiring quotes he has given throughout his life:
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Roosevelt was not only involved in law and politics, but he also served the United States as a President too, which is why this quote is not merely a saying, but an established fact based on experience and observation.
The fate of politics is always sealed as everything is planned, be it a win, loss, or even corruption for that matter.
The only things we have to fear is fear itself.
Fear is a demon that does nothing but hinders us from being the best version of ourselves.
Life is all about taking risks and trying out new things, and fear restricts us from that, thereby limiting our growth in many aspects. It tends to make one underconfident and insecure.
This is why all anybody should be scared of is fear itself!
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
The sense of satisfaction you get on coming up with something that is creative and innovative, indeed feels refreshing.
When you come up with some original, it shows the authenticity of your work, the thought and rationale put behind it, your efforts and efficiency, and your creative skills. This is because one’s work tends to reflect their determination and dedication for it.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind.
The idea of one’s luck being bad, or people’s fate being sealed, is often merely an excuse, used widely in a context where people are unable to accept the situation and come to terms with it. They then blame it on their fate, saying that it was all written to happen and so it did. But when something happens the way they want it to, especially something good, and it goes their way, the words “luck” or “fate” seldom come from their mouth; they claim it was their hard work and efforts that helped them to get through.
This is why it is said that we are held prisoner by our own mind because it is us who restrict ourselves from growth and not fate.
Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
An individual’s principles and ideals define him/her and reflect his/her personality.
Rules are important and so is abiding by them, but sticking to your ideals and following them is what matters the most, for breaking a rule might cost you money, but breaking your principles will cost you your authenticity and mind.
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
Sure, physical strength determines how strong one is or can be, but only in terms of physical facets and that too only up to a certain aspect. But the necessity a strong sense of mental capacity and spirituality is much more than that of one’s physical capabilities. This is because a sound mind and soul are considered to be the key to a content life.
After all, it is the mind of a person that holds power to both destroy and mend them, and not their physical strength, which is why the impact and importance of the former stays unmatched.
The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
The more we keep on doubting ourselves, the more we will land into an ocean of “what ifs” and other stresses. This is why it is crucial that we believe in ourselves in order to proceed towards the path of success.
Above all, try something.
The important part is not whether we fail or succeed, the important part is that we at least try, because it is the thought, willingness, efforts, and dedication that counts more than the result. The mere effort of participation is more than enough. Hence, the above saying.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Roosevelt, through this quote, has delivered a massively important message that one should find something, be it a task or any other activity, even a hobby, and just hold onto it. It can be something that fits your area of expertise, something that feels like your own, which you can hold onto and count on.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs, who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Unlike an individual who is open to new ideas and interpretations, a conservative and an orthodox person is one who keeps their mind shut to doors that open in the direction of a new light, perhaps change. Conservative individuals seldom expand their mind towards the concept of acceptance, which is why they are unable to move forwards in their lives.
It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do get the things you want.
Simply wanting something isn’t going to help you have it and isn’t going to assure of anything either. You need to go after it and do your best to get it, and for that, you need to plan and map it all out, because, without a clear idea of how you are going to go after your goal, it is next to impossible to achieve it by the way ward’s way.
Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
When you let your personal benefits and interests get above the pure feelings of love and affection of someone else, and use them just for the sake of your advantages and self-gains, it is at that moment when that sense of self-interest becomes a destructor for both you and the other person.
One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment. If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.
Roosevelt once said out these great words and delivered a beautiful message through it. By asking us to do something, anything at all, and just give it our best at that moment, he asks us to indulge in some kind of task, activity or work and just do something. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the way we wanted it to be, we could simply work towards it and make it the way it wanted it to be.
We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.
Being a President, Roosevelt gave his absolute best and tried to change the country for the better. He worked towards the growth of the country in all aspects, including economic, social, and political. He very righteously claimed to work towards building a future for the United States in which everyone’s voice is heard, opinions are included, and perspectives are respected. And her worked towards it with the same spirit as well.
More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars.
Instead of bringing an end to a particular war, why not just stop the beginnings of one altogether? Eliminating the possibility and the initiation of a war is much more important than stopping the war.
Whoever seeks to set one religion against another, seeks to destroy all religions.
Anybody who tries and pits religion against another is someone who is willing to destroy all religions. Someone who thinks that a particular religion is above other religions, or a particular religion is inferior, is the worst of all, for all religions deserve respect and recognition.
War is a contagion.
Contagion is referred to as a communicable disease, one which spreads from person to person through influence or contact. War is one such contagion, for it spreads like a disease, dangerously unwanted and life-threatening.
Art is not in the treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.
Art is something that lives within us and with us. It is not a treasure from the past or something that was founded by someone else and carried on by another; it is merely a precious gift of the present which one should cherish and never take for granted.
Art is as essential a part of life as is any of the basic necessities like water, clothes or shelter, for it is a necessity too.
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
The truth does not just come to us, it is only visible if we open our eyes to see it, and it will only be found when we make an effort to find it, when we are willing to do so.
If one doesn’t want to know and accept the truth, he/she simply won’t find it.
The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.
The sea is so vast that rivers get lost in them. Similarly, the pursuit of self-interest is perilously larger than that of virtues, which is why if one lets his/her self-interests or personal benefits and advantages come between their moral authenticity, the latter is bound to get lost.
Co-author: Khushi Shah
Khushi has just passed her school and is now studying at PDPU. Apart from writing, she likes to sketch and dance. She also has other blogs where she posts proses and poetry.