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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Brief Bio: an American politician and attorney who served as the 32nd president of the United States

Lived: 1882-1945

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“But above all, try something”

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. 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.

From the speech “FDR Address at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia”

— 1932

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“Government has a final responsibility for the well-being of its citizenship”

Government has a final responsibility for the well-being of its citizenship. If private cooperative endeavor fails to provide work for willing hands and relief for the unfortunate, those suffering hardship from no fault of their own have a right to call upon the Government for aid; and a government worthy of its name must make fitting response

From the speech “State of the Union 1938”

— 3 Jan 1938

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