"He has a power to strike at error and wrongdoing that makes his adversaries quail before him. He has a personality that carries to every hearer not only the sincerity but the righteousness of his ways. He is the 'Happy Warrior' of the political battlefield—Alfred E. Smith."
- Roosevelt speaking to the Democratic National Convention of 1924 (the first convention broadcast on national radio), supporting Smith as the nominee for president
"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
- Roosevelt's first inaugural address, 1933
"On the farms, in the large metropolitan areas, in the smaller cities and in the villages, millions of our citizens cherish the hope that their old standards of living and of thought have not gone forever. Those millions cannot and shall not hope in vain. I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people."
- Roosevelt accepting the Democratic nomination for president, 1933
"To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is asked. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."
- Roosevelt's address to the Democratic National Convention, 1936
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little… I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clothed, ill-nourished."
- Roosevelt's second inaugural address, 1937
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."
- Roosevelt message to a joint session of Congress requesting declaration of war, 1941
"I can't talk about my opponent the way I would like to sometimes, because I try to think that I am a Christian."
- Roosevelt during his final presidential campaign, 1944