Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the roar of the ocean without the roar of its many waters.
Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)
Source: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, 1845
Contributed by: Zaady
Be not discouraged. There is a future for you. . . . The resistance encountered now predicates hope. . . . Only as we rise . . . do we encounter opposition.
Source: Famous Black Quotations, ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
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.
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.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
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