Frederick Douglass

1817? - 1895

A Quote by Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate 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; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass

In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us... I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! ... And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! ... your interference is doing him positive injury.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass

To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken the moral and mental vision and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass

They cannot degrade Frederick Douglass. The soul that is within me no man can degrade. I am not the one that is being degraded on account of this treatment, but those who are inflicting it upon me

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass on injustice, tyrants, oppression, and resistance

"Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found
out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon
them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words
or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the
endurance of those whom they oppress."

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

Source: http://www.wisdomquotes.com/001607.html

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass on strength and self-respect

He who is whipped oftenest, is whipped easiest.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

Source: Frederick Douglass

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass on men, children, man, child, wounded, and strength

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

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

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A Quote by Frederick Douglass on progress and struggle

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

Source: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, 1845

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