Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

I do not know that the United States can save civilization but at least by our example we can make people think and give them the opportunity of saving themselves. The trouble is that the people of Germany, Italy and Japan are not given the privilege of thinking.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Dec. 2, 1935, to Ambassador William E. Dodd. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 163, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

President Roosevelt believed that democracy gave people the best form of government and best served the interests of humanity. He saw the struggle between the democracies and the totalitarian states as a fight for the survival of human dignity.
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