Inaugural Address Quotes

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Friday, March 4th, 2011

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…

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Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate…

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

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When there is no vision the people perish

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
harvest

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…

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Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would…

My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Monday, April 13th, 2009
FDR First Inauguration 1933

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy, the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our…

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We now realize, as we have never realized before, our interdependence on each other.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize, as we have never realized before, our interdependence on each other; that we can not merely take, but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we…

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