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Franklin Roosevelt Peacetime Address Highlights: 7 Quotes From Speech

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 12:14 PM

As the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the country’s longest-serving president, holding office for a record 12 years from 1933 to 1945. For half of his presidency the U.S. was engaged in World War II.

However, Roosevelt’s inaugural address during peacetime in 1933 exemplified why he is considered to be among the best commander-in-chiefs to ever serve.

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Here are seven highlights from his 1933 inaugural address, which took place during the darkest hours of the Great Depression:

1. “This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

2. “We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply.”

3. “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

4. “Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.”

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5. “The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first consideration, upon the interdependence of the various elements in all parts of the United States — a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. It is the way to recovery. It is the immediate way. It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.”

6. “In the field of world policy I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor — the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others — the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.”

7. “We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of the national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stem performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.”

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As the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the country's longest-serving president, holding office for a record 12 years from 1933 to 1945. For half of his presidency the U.S. was engaged in World War II.
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