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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Posted by quotes on December 30, 2008

This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself —nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
Franklin D. Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address


One Response to “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

  1. Roger Schuman said

    Although FDR used the phrase, we have nothing to fear etc., in his first inaugural address, I believe it was first spoken or written down by an ancient Greek in a slightly different and less concise way. For the life of me I can not come up with a name of this Greek. I seem to remember reading about in Life magazine in the late 1950’s or very early 1960’s when Life was a weekly.

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