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Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt
acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (June 27, 1936) ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt 13 vols., New York (1938-1950) annual message to Congress The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur (1992) annual message to Congress (Jan. 4, 1933) ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 13 volumes, New York (1938-1950) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Politics of Upheaval Houghton Mifflin Co. (1960) David Dallek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy: 1932-1945 Oxford University Press (1979)
We must open our eyes and see that modern civilization has become so complex and the lives of civilized men so interwoven with the lives of other men in other countries as to make it impossible to be in this world and out of it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. From a campaign speech when FDR was running for Vice President in 1920. Nathan Miller, F.D.R.: An Intimate History, p. 173, Doubleday & Co. (1983).
This was an early illustration of Roosevelt's determination to oppose an insular foreign policy as advocated by the Republican isolationists.
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