Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. Called "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia", Douglass is one of the most prominent figures in African-American history and United States history.
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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. Jan Morris prefers this for himself.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
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.
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored mans political hopes and the ark of his safety.
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.
What to the Slave is the 4th of July.
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.
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.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong.
It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
...of whom I can say with a grateful heart, 'I was hungry, and he gave me meat; I was thirsty, and he gave me drink; I was a stranger, and he took me in.'
The law on the side of freedom is of great advantage only when there is power to make that law respected.
What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. ... All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! ... Your interference is doing him positive injury.
The Constitutional framers were peace men;
but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men; but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forbearance; but that they knew its limits. They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. With them, nothing was "settled" that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were "final;" not slavery and oppression.
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
I love the religion of Christianity - which cometh from above - which is a pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of good fruits, and without hypocrisy.
There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.
In life you don't get everything you pay for, but you must pay for everything you get.
Poverty, ignorance and degradation are the combined evils, these constitute the social disease of the free colored people of the US.
Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity.
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.
Vainly you talk about voting it down.
When you have cast your millions of ballots, you have not reached the evil. It has fastened its root deep into the heart of the nation, and nothing but God's truth and love can cleanse the land. We must change the moral sentiment.
In this denial of the right to participate in government, not merely the degradation of woman and the perpetuation of a great injustice happens, but the maiming and repudiation of one-half of the moral and intellectual power of the government of the world.
A slave is someone who sits down, and waits for someone to free them.
No people to whom liberty is given can hold it as firmly and wear it as grandly as those who wrench their liberty from the iron hand of the tyrant.
It was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read.
Fortune may crowd a man's life with fortunate circumstances and happy opportunities, but they will, as we all know, avail him nothing unless he makes a wise and vigorous use of them.
Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the Constitution is a glorious liberty document. Read its preamble, consider its purposes. Is slavery among them? Is it at the gateway? or is it in the temple? It is neither.
A man, at times, gets something for nothing, but it will, in his hands, amount to nothing.
I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
Yet people in general will say they like colored men as well as any other, but in their proper place.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
Civil war was not a mere strife for territory and dominion, but a contest of civilization against barbarism.
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.