Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [FDR is in the swimming pool] But I don't know how to stand. Aunt Sally: Not yet, you don't. Tom Loyless: But you will. Eleanor Roosevelt: [beginning to cry] I think we've lost him, Louis! Louis Howe: He's down there to be alone. Let's give him what he wants. Meantime we'll change our focus. Eleanor Roosevelt: To what? Louis Howe: To you. Al Smith: [listening to Roosevelt on the radio] Mark my words; he'll be dead in less than a year. Eleanor Roosevelt: [Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor are headed toward the pool in Warm Springs] Tell me again why we came here? Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [somewhat impatiently] For the waters. Are you coming? Louis Howe: [FDR is supposed to make a speech] What's the matter? Franklin Delano Roosevelt: What if I fall? Louis Howe: If you fall, you just get up again. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: If I fall in front of thousands of people, I'll lose everything - except their pity. They'll never see past my legs. Eleanor Roosevelt: My darling, they'll never see past your legs - until you do. Eleanor Roosevelt: [a medical convention is to be held in Atlanta] I'm suggesting we crash the party. Helena Mahoney: Why should this place cater to a few able-bodied folk, when it could be open the year round for polios? Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [on first arriving at Warm Springs] This place should be condemned! Tom Loyless: We have seen better times. But then, I imagine, so have you. Tom Loyless: You're gonna do great things, Franklin. This place has identity now, a purpose. Helena Mahoney: I feel like I've been brought here under false pretenses. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Join the club. Louis Howe: Why are you a Democrat? Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Democratic Party is the party of the people, and I'm a man of the people. Louis Howe: You're a Roosevelt. Since when does a Roosevelt know about people? Sara Delano Roosevelt: He wishes to use up his entire fortune to buy up that leper colony! Franklin Delano Roosevelt: You never pitied me, Tom. Thank you for that. Tom Loyless: On the contrary; I envy you.
: "There but for the grace of God", they say, as if our bodies were who we are. Well it's not; our souls are who we are, only they don't know it. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [Fred Botts' mother will not led him ride a bicycle because she believes that it gave him polio] Did she sell it? Fred Botts: No; she took it out back and shot it. [Roosevelt roars with laughter] Tom Loyless: Oh, Peabody'll sell, all right. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: What makes you think he will? Tom Loyless: Have you taken a look at this place? Helena Mahoney: Franklin, I can't help you out of a hole if I climb in with you. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Don't talk to me as if I were a child! Eleanor Roosevelt: How am I supposed to talk to you? Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Like I *was*! Eleanor Roosevelt: I don't know how to, any more. [last lines] 1920's Reporter: Mrs. Roosevelt, do you think that polio has affected your husband's mind? Eleanor Roosevelt: [with a huge smile on her face] Yes, I do! I certainly do! Franklin Delano Roosevelt: [on his plans to run for office] When I can walk, I'll run. [at the train station, Loyless replies he's waiting for a Mr. Roosevelt] Lionel Purdy: Teddy? Tom Loyless: No, he's dead. Eloise Hutchinson: [Franklin Roosevelt must hide his disability when speaking politically] I wish he could just wheel himself out in front of everybody. Pat Doyle: Eloise, sweetheart, he can't - it's politics.