Here is a list of quotes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd US President, who served from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945. Harry S. Truman took over the presidency at FDR’s death from a cerebral hemorrhage.
From age 40, FDR suffered from polio, as you know, although it was not generally known during his presidency. Born January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York, FDR is one of our most fondly remembered commanders-in-chief with Sun in humanitarian Aquarius, Moon in the home-loving sign of Cancer.
Unusual originality and individuality are shown by Uranus Rx rising by mere minutes, Ascendant 17 Virgo, sign of Health. Therefore, FDR’s Career Point (Midheaven) is in mid-Gemini, sign of the orator, and that we know he was.
His Secretary of Labor, Francis Perkins, said of his oratorical skills: “His capacity to inspire and encourage those around him to do tough, confused, and practically impossible jobs was without dispute.”
This partial listing of FDR’s quotes may be enlightening for today’s world and I shall add to the collection as time permits (and not in chronological order.) I am also planning a Page on Franklin Roosevelt’s natal chart with more planetary details.
It was my search for a certain one of his very revealing quotes on Politics that spurred the gathering of this listing so I shall mark that particular quote with a ‘~:~’ This is the quote that inspired me to create my first Political Astrology blog as well as Jude’s Threshold.
Enduring Words from FDR:
“It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.”
“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough of the bad luck of the early worm.”
“Don’t forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.”
“Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.”
“I am not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”
“If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”
“If you treat people right they will treat you right…ninety percent of the time.”
“In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.”
“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”
“It is the duty of the president to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
“Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depend on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.”
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
~:~ “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
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