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Franklin Roosevelt State of the Union Highlights: 10 Quotes From Speech

By    |   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 07:41 PM

Franklin Roosevelt led the nation out of the Great Depression and through World War II. He delivered more State of the Union messages than any other president, because he was in office the longest.

According to the American Presidency Project, Franklin Roosevelt gave a summation of his last State of the Union message via radio address to the nation. This 1945 address was the first time in 12 years he did not address a joint session of congress in a live State of the Union speech, but instead provided the complete address in written form. The radio address was given January 6, 1945, just three months before his death.

Here are 10 quotes from that speech:

1. “This war must be waged—it is being waged—with the greatest and most persistent intensity. Everything we are and have is at stake. Everything we are, and have, will be given. We have no question of the ultimate victory. We have no question of the cost. Our losses will be heavy. But—we and our Allies will go on fighting together to ultimate total victory.”

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2. “Further desperate attempts may well be made to break our lines, to slow our progress. We must never make the mistake of assuming that the Germans are beaten until the last Nazi has surrendered.”

3. “Further desperate attempts may well be made to break our lines, to slow our progress. We must never make the mistake of assuming that the Germans are beaten until the last Nazi has surrendered.

4. “In all of the far-flung operations of our own armed forces on land, and sea, and in the air- the final job, the toughest job, has been performed by the average, easy-going, hard-fighting young American who carries the weight of battle on his own shoulders. It is to him that we and all future generations of Americans must pay grateful tribute.”

5. “There is an old and true saying that the Lord hates a quitter. And this Nation must pay for all those who leave their essential jobs—for all those who lay down on their essential jobs for nonessential reasons. And that payment must be made with the life's blood of our sons.”

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6. “Peace can be made and kept only by the united determination of free and peace-loving peoples who are willing to work together —willing to help one another—willing to respect and tolerate and try to understand one another's opinions and feelings.

7. “In our disillusionment after the last war we gave up the hope of achieving a better peace because we had not the courage to fulfill our responsibilities in an admittedly imperfect world. We must not let that happen again, or we shall follow the same tragic road again—the road to a third world war.”

8. “We have not shrunk from the military responsibilities brought on by this war. We cannot and will not shrink from the political responsibilities which follow in the wake of battle.”

9. “It is our purpose to help the peace-loving peoples of Europe to live together as good neighbors, to recognize their common interests, and not to nurse their traditional grievances against one another.”

10. “This new year of 1945 can be the greatest year of achievement in human history. Nineteen forty-five can see the final ending of the Nazi-Fascist reign of terror in Europe. Nineteen forty-five can see the closing in of the forces of retribution about the center of the malignant power of imperialistic Japan. Most important of all, 1945 can, and must, see the substantial beginning of the organization of world peace- for we all know what such an organization means in terms of security, and human rights, and religious freedom.”

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