Frederick Douglass’s Quotes

It there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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

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.

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.

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

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

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

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

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.

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.

The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.

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

I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the freedom and progress.

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

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

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