Frederick Douglass Quotes

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frederick douglass quotes on slavery
Frederick Douglass quotes on slavery

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

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. – 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. – Frederick Douglass

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 persons nor the property will be safe. – 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. – Frederick Douglass

frederick douglass quotes on family
Frederick Douglass quotes on family

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We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. – Frederick Douglass

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man, not a gentleman can insult me. – 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. – 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. – Frederick Douglass

In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights, and a common destiny. – Frederick Douglass

frederick douglass quotes on fear
Frederick Douglass quotes on fear

The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. – Frederick Douglass

A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well. – Frederick Douglass

A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man. – Frederick Douglass

The man who is right is the majority. He who has God and conscience on his side has a majority against the universe. – Frederick Douglass

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. – Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass power

I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted. – Frederick Douglass

Fugitive slaves were rare then and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out. – Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. – Frederick Douglass

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. – Frederick Douglass

Having no resources within himself, he was compelled to be the copyist of many and being such, he was forever the victim of inconsistency. – Frederick Douglass

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