One thing that I really enjoyed in DC was the impressive Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. It wasn’t there when I last went to DC back in grade school as it opened in 1997. I probably should have payed more attention back in my Social Studies classes because I didn’t realize how many great quotes were made by FDR. Throughout the memorial, there are inscriptions on walls of some of his statements. Here are some of the ones I like the most:
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust.”
“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.”
“No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization, caused by vast unemployment, is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.”
“I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded . . . I have seen 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.”
“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American People”
It seems like some of FDR’s quotes could be used again here in the 21st century.