Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

All the experts here ... say "There will be no war." They said the same thing all through July 1914.... In those days I believed the experts. Today I have my tongue in my cheek. This does not mean I am become cynical; but as President I have to be ready just like a Fire Department!
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, March 16, 1936, to Ambassador William E. Dodd. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, pp. 173-174, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Roosevelt saw the responsibility of his office as being obliged to provide leadership in times of crisis and be prepared for unwanted contingencies. This is one of the chief requisites for greatness in a national leader.
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