Skip to comments.Quotes from Frederick Douglas
Posted on 07/08/2014 1:00:41 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator
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.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
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.
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 property will be safe.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
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.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
One and God make a majority.
I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
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.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
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.
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
I just read an article from a young black man, who is gaining insight, and these fit right in with what he was waking to!
damn that’s some good stuff.
he was one brilliant man
there are two S’s in his version of Douglass, one in my version. And other big differences.
bump to the sky
Frederick Douglass once spoke at Hillsdale College.
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
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