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Frederick Douglass Quote: “You degrade us and then ask why we are degraded. You shut our mouths and ask why we don’t speak. You close your colleges and seminaries against us and then ask why we don’t know.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “There is a class of people who seem to think that if a man should fall overboard into the sea with a Bible in his pocket it would hardly be possible to drown. I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The Constitution of the United States knows no distinction between citizens on account of color. Neither does it know any difference between a citizen of a state and a citizen of the United States.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Neither we, nor any other people, will ever be respected till we respect ourselves and we will never respect ourselves till we have the means to live respectfully.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even to die free than to live slaves.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The sunlight that has brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A man is worked on by what he works on.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Truth is proper and beautiful in all times and in all places.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Civil war was not a mere strife for territory and dominion, but a contest of civilization against barbarism.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “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 Quote: “Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “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.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Oppression makes a wise man mad.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I glory in conflict that I may hereafter exult in victory.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “It is better to be part of a great whole than to be the whole of a small part.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “We are free to say that in respect to political rights, we hold women to be justly entitled to all we claim for men.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man’s political hopes and the ark of his safety.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Beat and cuff your slave, keep him hungry and spiritless, and he will follow the chain of his master like a dog. Feed and clothe him well, work him moderately, surround him with physical comfort and dreams of freedom intrude.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep, and swine.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “In all the relations of life and death, we are met by the color line.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Opportunity is important but exertion is indispensable.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “It was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Intelligence is a great leveler here as elsewhere.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Educate your sons and daughters, send them to school, and show them that beside the cartridge box, the ballot box, and the jury box, you also have the knowledge box.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A great man, tender of heart, strong of nerve, boundless patience and broadest sympathy, with no motive apart from his country.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness. Freedom now appeared, to disappear no more forever. It was heard in every sound, and seen in every thing.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “He who would be free must strike the first blow.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “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.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “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.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “We succeed, not alone by the laborious exertions of our faculties, be they small or great, but by the regular, thoughtful and systematic exercise of them.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Slaves were expected to sing as well as to work. A silent slave was not liked, either by masters or overseers.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Experience proves that those are oftenest abused who can be abused with the greatest impunity. Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “As those who believe in the visibility of ghosts can easily see them, so it is always easy to see repulsive qualities in those we despise and hate.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A man who will enslave his own blood, may not be safely relied on for magnamity.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Praying for freedom never did me any good til I started praying with my feet.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! the chattel becomes a man.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the constitution is a Glorious Liberty Document!”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Shields Green was not one to shrink from hardships or dangers. He was a man of few words, and his speech was singularly broken; but his courage and self-respect made him quite a dignified character.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I do not think much of the good luck theory of self-made men. It is worth but little attention and has no practical value.”
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