In His Own Words


“Not as Ostriches”

We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well being is dependent upon the well being of other nations, far away.

We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.

We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said, that “the only way to have a friend is to be one.”

We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust – or with fear.

We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding and the confidence and the courage which flow from conviction.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fourth inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1945

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