There are so many inspiring quotes at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in DC. The quotes give you insight to character of this former president. His words are still wise and relevant today.
I love the presentation of the carved stones that display quotes of his that span over his four terms in office. The Memorial is also located along the western shore of the Tidal Basin which makes it accessible and a beautiful walk if you are visiting multiple sites in a day.
So many of his quotes are inspirational that it’s hard to pick a favorite.
“I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust.”
“More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars.”
“I HAVE SEEN WAR. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I HATE WAR.”
“They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers.. call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
“We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, intolerance, and slavery, and war.”
“Unless the peace that follows recognizes that the whole world is one neighborhood and does justice to the whole human race, the germs of another world war will remain as a constant threat to mankind.
“The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation..It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.”
“Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Freedom from want. Freedom from fear.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”
The memorial also has a tribute to Franklin’s inspiring wife Eleanor.
“The Structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation.. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.”
You can find out more Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in DC from their website.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located at 400 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, D.C.