On this day in 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, the only American president to serve more than two terms, led the United States toward an ultimate victory in World War II, but it was a victory that he did not live long enough to witness. He died on April 12, 1945, just a few months before Japan surrendered.
In the early years of his presidency, Roosevelt helped guide his country through the darkest days of the Great Depression. In his first inaugural address, he advised, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His words are as true today as they were then.
Fear Feeds Upon Itself, As Does Courage
“The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortune, but its fears.”
A. C. Benson
”Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
“Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished.”
“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”
Corrie ten Boom
“When you throw away fear in pursuit of honesty, miracles happen.”
“Fortune favors the bold.”
Today’s Bible Verse
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV