Those who fight the tyranny of our own time will come to learn that old lesson. Among all the peoples of the earth, the cruelties and the oppressions of its would-be masters have taught this generation what its liberties can mean. This lesson, so bitterly learned, will never be forgotten while this generation is still alive.
The words which we have chosen... speak Jefferson's noblest and most urgent meaning; and we are proud indeed to understand it and share it: "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 13, 1943 —
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, undelivered speech prepared for April 13, 1945 —