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Frederick Douglass Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
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Words Of Wisdom
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
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.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
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.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
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.
I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
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.
Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
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.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
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