Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

In looking back over the college careers of those who for various reasons have been prominent in undergraduate life ... one cannot help noticing that these men have nearly always shown from the start an interest in the lives of their fellow students. A large acquaintance means that many persons are dependent on a man and conversely that he himself is dependent on many. Success necessarily means larger responsibilities, and responsibilities mean many friends.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. editorial, Jan. 26, 1904, by FDR, Harvard Crimson. Ted Morgan, FDR: A Biography, pp. 86-87, Simon & Schuster (1985).

This was an early manifestation of FDR's political and social concept that leaders had of necessity to be people who served and made friends with their fellows. To make oneself popular was a part of leadership, as people who liked you followed you. One suspects that this belief underlay Roosevelt's approach to such things as his Fireside Chats, which allowed the public to think of him as a friend and confidant.
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