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Frederick Douglass Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
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Words Of Wisdom
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
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.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky-her grand old woods-her fertile fields-her beautiful rivers-her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slave-holding and wrong; When I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten; That her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
One and God make a majority.
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
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