frederick douglass Quotes

It is easier to build strong men, than to repair broken ones.
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— Frederick Douglass
Without Struggle There Is No Success
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— Frederick Douglass
Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.
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— Frederick Douglass
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
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— Frederick Douglass
No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
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— Frederick Douglass
The American people have this to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.
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— Frederick Douglass
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
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— Frederick Douglass
It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
— Frederick Douglass
I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.
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— Frederick Douglass
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
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— Frederick Douglass
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
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— Frederick Douglass
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
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— Frederick Douglass
Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
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— Frederick Douglass
I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
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— Frederick Douglass
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
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— Frederick Douglass
Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.
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— Frederick Douglass
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
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— Frederick Douglass
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
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— Frederick Douglass
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
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— Frederick Douglass
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
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— Frederick Douglass
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
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— Frederick Douglass
One and God make a majority.
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— Frederick Douglass
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
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— Frederick Douglass
Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
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— Frederick Douglass
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
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— Frederick Douglass
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
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— Frederick Douglass
A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
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— Frederick Douglass
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
— Frederick Douglass
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
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— Frederick Douglass
I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
— Frederick Douglass
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
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— Frederick Douglass
Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.
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— Frederick Douglass
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
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— Frederick Douglass
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
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— Frederick Douglass
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
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— Frederick Douglass
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
— Frederick Douglass
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
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— Frederick Douglass
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
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— Frederick Douglass
What to the Slave is the 4th of July.
— Frederick Douglass
You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.
— Frederick Douglass
frederick douglass
Death  : February 20, 1895
Occupation  : orator

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