Best Quotes Of Frederick Douglass quotes



Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work. 
Frederick Douglass

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. 
Frederick Douglass

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. 
Frederick Douglass

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

One and God make a majority. 
Frederick Douglass

What to the Slave is the 4th of July. 
Frederick Douglass

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. 
Frederick Douglass

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Frederick Douglass

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. Frederick Douglass

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. 
Frederick Douglass

Without a struggle, there can be no progress. 
Frederick Douglass

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. 
Frederick Douglass

I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety. 
Frederick Douglass

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

A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him. 
Frederick Douglass

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

I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave. 
Frederick Douglass

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. 
Frederick Douglass

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. 
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. 
Frederick Douglass

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. 
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

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. 
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 didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted. 
Frederick Douglass

How do you feel," said a friend to me, "when you are hooted and jeered on the street on account of your color?" "I feel as if an ass had kicked, but had hit nobody," was my answer.
Frederick Douglass

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