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Franklin D. Roosevelt is one of the most beloved presidents in US history. The 32nd president served 12 years in office, the last three-term president before the two-term limit was established. FDR accomplished more in office than any other president (save Abraham Lincoln) bringing the US out of The Great Depression, leading the US through WWII, and signing the New Deal. One of the greatest Americans, leaders, and men to leave his footprint on our world, like my previous Albert Einstein quote selection, FDR is a man whose words we should live by. So, here are nine FDR quotes about love and happiness.
9. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
We seek happiness in work, relationships, spirituality, faith, and a number of dangerous acts and substances, but achievement and creativity are the two sources of true happiness.
8. Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
We often consider our lives as predetermined. It is common to hear someone in a bad situation say “it is in my genes” or “just like my parents,” but it is that mindset that creates failure.
7. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Life will get to the point that it feels too much for us. We have done all we can to succeed, but nothing seems to work out for us. Instead of allowing this to defeat us, we need to stop and wait. Eventually we have more rope, but we will never get there if we don’t acknowledge that things will get better.
6. Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.
I take this quote as two meanings. Firstly, peace and understanding is the only way to live because force and war are a lesser means to an end. Secondly, faith in something is always stronger than your body. Find something to believe in whether it is capital-G God or in yourself.
5. Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
Love is a selfless act. If we find ourselves looking for gain in our actions, then we are tainting the kindness and love that started us on that path in the first place.
4. The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
We will not find true and understanding in our lives by placing more restrictions of our lives, beliefs, and actions. Let yourself be free to find yourself.
3. Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.
We are all individual with our own lives, thoughts, personalities, opinions, beliefs, and faiths. If we forget that, then we forget to honor the individuality of the others around us.
2. Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.
Art is often appreciated for its ability to stand the test of time, but at one point it was all new. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird were all new at one point with new eyes seeing them. Treat new art with the same relevance. Appreciate the present of humanity with the same appreciation we have for the past.
1. I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
It is easy to become a carnivore in society. The best will triumph, and the rest are left to pick up the scraps. It is that mentality that creates war, monopolies, corporate greed, corrupt governments, and egomaniacs. We need to consider the people that we step on to achieve success. Sometimes the little bit of extra success can be earned without hurting others.