The duty of the State toward the citizen is the duty of the servant to its master.... One of the duties of the State is that of caring for those of its citizens who find themselves the victims of such adverse circumstances as makes them unable to obtain even the necessities for mere existence without the aid of others.... To these unfortunate citizens aid must be extended by government—not as a matter of charity but as a matter of social duty.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. From FDR's annual message to the New York State legislature, January 1931. Nathan Miller, F.D.R.: An Intimate History, pp. 254-255, Doubleday & Co. (1983).
This speech forecast the action Roosevelt would take in providing relief from the depression when he became president.