Charles Clanton Rogers

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Franklin Roosevelt: “…the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself…

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 of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.   [1]

roosevelt: cigarette


Winston Churchill: “we shall fight on the beaches”

“We shall go on to the end! we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;

we shall never surrender   [3]



Franklin Roosevelt : “…freedom from fear”

“In the future days, which we seek to make [us] secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms: The first is freedom of speech and expression –The second is freedom of ever person to worship God in his own way –The third is freedom from want–The fourth is freedom from fear anywhere in the World.” –  [3]


Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none”

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in,to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Abraham Lincoln [3]

16_lincoln_1         lincoln at war

churchill-roosevelt-1941  fdr & churchill on bench

Charles Clanton Rogers        November 2015

[1] Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

[2] Winston Churchill, 4 June 1940

[3] Franklin Roosevelt,  January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech (technically the 1941 State of the Union address),

[4] Abraham Lincoln, Second inaugural address, March 4, 1865,

12 thoughts on “Freedom from Fear

  1. The opposite of fear is hope.Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none”

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Lincoln is my guiding star

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      1. He is a guiding light because “Now he belongs to the ages.”

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    Something tells me that both you, KK, and Faraday’s Candle are going to like what can be read in this link:

    Yet another great man who tells us his thoughts on gratitude (and other things).

    Extremely suitable now that the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner.

    Fear no one. Neither gods nor devils. Or ISIS/Daesh.


    1. clanton1934 says:

      Yes, As you will remember, Dr. Sacks has been one of my heros for years. Trailblazing physician/ teacher; author; music therapy.
      Thank you for bringing back into the conversation.

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    I just read this Q&A topic on Quora: .

    I think the answers in the comment section of that Quora Q&A topic have some bearing on this blog post of yours, KK.

    Also, in one of the Quora comments we can read the same Winston Churchill quote as you chose to use in your own blog post, KK.

    I hope you agree with me, KK, that sometimes it’s thrilling, and maybe can be even instructive and informative, to think in counterfactual ways, especially if you are interested in and dealing with World History – and/or aiming at building bridges in order to unite people all over the world.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Thank you; I just clicked the link and read it . Yes, as you know I am intensely interested in both. 1940-41 was a crucial pivot in World History: France fell, Hitler controlled mainland Europe and might well have invaded England (as had the Vikings, the Romans. , and the Normans before! America was dominated by isolationist (In spite of Roosevelt’s ideas); England led by the 20th Century Giant, Churchill defied Hitler and with a pittance of help survived the “Battle of Britain” alone when: “Never have the Few been owed so much, by so many…”
      Two monumental speeches then: 1. “The few” & 2. “We shall fight them on the beeches….We will never surrender!”
      England and Churchill’s resistance persuaded Hitler to change course and go to the East into Russia. It was this change from Hitler’s push to England and thrust instead which was the hinge in which Hitler ultimately sacrificed the best of his Army and lost his everything. Churchill & the English, alone deserve the credit for making Hitler turn around! K

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  4. bbnewsab says:

    Your comment is most appreciated from us living in Europe. If Americans believe in the Hollywood way of describing the history of WWII, it’s a pity.

    Your comment is exactly what can, and should, be expected from a true bridge builder. You realize, and understand, KK, that to defeat Evil, people need to stand united.

    The same can be said about defeating ISIL/ISIS/Daesh. Turkey fights the Kurds (who, in turn, fight the Islamist jihadists). Saudi Arabia (sunni) prefers do destabilize Iraq (shia) and Syria (shia), thus paving the way for the ISIL Caliphate. And so on.

    Lack of cooperation means only one thing: It makes it easier for ISIL to survive and continue practicing its evil terror regime (and continue destroying cultural heritage).

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      The US & Russia came in a massive, very costly cleanup ,hold territory, occupy and hold criminal War Crimes Court; but it was when Churchill & “England’s Finest Hour” that was when was changed from dominant to reminisced and ultimately broken! k

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  5. bbnewsab says:

    I’m so delighted to read this, KK.

    You have expressed, in earlier blog posts, similar ideas.

    And you have told us that some of your posts (essays) on this beautiful blog are going to be used by some school teachers as well to popularize and make the history lessons more interesting and tangible (your “first-person view of history”).

    So I hope this great post will be also used – together with the content in its comment section – by some history teachers in the US schools.

    In short, KK: It’s much better to listen to you, and learn from you, than GOP presidential candidates like Donald Trump, Ben Carson & Co.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Well, all clear thinkers would certainly agree!!! There are historians (I aspire-to-be-one) Those power-seeking- fear- mongering-carnival-barking-des rivers, have sold their souls for some votes from the un-enlightened! Those guys are America’s embarrassment. (I figure they are “bottom-feeding” on about 15-20 % of voters)

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  6. bbnewsab says:

    Yes! Embarrassment is the right word to use here.

    Their knowledge of the world outside USA is very narrow-minded.

    It’s easy to get the impression they are waiting for the promised Second coming of Jesus and the Apocalypse. So why care about global warming, melting glaciers, rising water levels, more deserts and so on? When the New Jerusalem can be implemented, as forecasted in the Book of Revelation, everything is going to be so fine, so beautiful. So why worry now?

    BTW, it’s very similar to the apocalyptic view held by ISIL/Daesh. They await the final battle between Good (= ISIL) and Evil (= Western & Christian civilization) at Dabiq, in Syria near the Turkish border.

    Read more about Dabiq here: .

    A quote from that Wikipedia article: In Islamic eschatology, it is believed that Dabiq is one of two possible locations for an epic battle between invading Christians and the defending Muslims which will result in a Muslim victory and mark the beginning of the end of the world. The Islamic State believes Dabiq is where an epic and decisive battle will take place with Christian forces of the West, and have named their magazine after the village.

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