Quotes by American Author 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
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The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass

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

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

I knew that however bad the Republican party was, the Democratic party was much worse. The elements of which the Republican party was composed gave better ground for the ultimate hope of the success of the colored mans cause than those of the Democratic party. Frederick Douglass
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A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. Frederick Douglass

One and God make a majority. Frederick Douglass
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Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. Frederick Douglass

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

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

If there is no struggle there is no progress. 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. 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. Frederick Douglass
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I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored mans political hopes and the ark of his safety. Frederick Douglass
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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
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For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. Frederick Douglass
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Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass

We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. Frederick Douglass
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I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind. Frederick Douglass

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