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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)
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. David Dallek, Franklin Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy: 1932-1945, p. 288, Oxford University Press (1979).
When the President wished to authorize the use of U.S. warships to seek out German submarines operating in the western Atlantic, this was the rationale he presented to the public.
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