Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the constant omission of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) American lawyer, politician, statesman, US President (1933-1945)
Speech to the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia (27 Jun 1936)

Quoted in The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, ed. Samuel I. Rosenman (1938-1950)

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