"the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" wat!? wat does tht even mean?? RE: it was a quote from "to kill a mocking bird", and it was said during a time where there was nothing to fear, but people were beginning to be afraid of fear itself.
He wanted to instill confidence in the American people, to make them believe that with his leadership they really had nothing to worry about. I doubt that he made any deep analysis of the aspects of fear. the belief that nothing bad could be done