Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

The peace loving nations must make a concerted effort in opposition to those violations of treaties and those ignorings of humane instincts which today are creating a state of international anarchy and instability from which there is no escape through mere isolation or neutrality.... When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community approves and joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 13 vols., New York (1938-1950). FDR Speaks authorized editions of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 4, "Quarantine Speech" at Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 5, 1937), ed., Henry Steele Commager, Introduced by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960).

This was FDR's famous speech in which he warned that the United States could not sit back and remain isolated from the "epidemic disease" of aggression. Despite support from 13 of the 16 major daily newspapers across the nation for some form of action, the President was unprepared to follow his statement with any prepared agenda for action at the time. He assumed that there would be an overwhelming negative press reaction and continued to merely warn Americans of the dangers the nation faced.
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