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Top 200 Frederick Douglass Quotes (2023 Update)
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Frederick Douglass Quote: “I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of increasing my contentment; it only increased my desire to be free, and set me thinking of plans to gain my freedom.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “American labor rights activist, on activities of the National Farm Workers Association Human law may know no distinction among men in respect of rights, but human practice may.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The ballot is the only safety.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “You have to take power. No one gives it.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Inaction is followed by stagnation. Stagnation is followed by pestilence and pestilence is followed by death.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The simplest truths often meet the sternest resistance and are slowest in getting general acceptance.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The silver trump of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Poverty, ignorance and degradation are the combined evils, these constitute the social disease of the free colored people of the US.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has and never will. Show me the exact amount of wrong and injustices that are visited upon a person and I will show you the exact amount of words endured by these people.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “It is the mission of the printer to diffuse light and knowledge by a judicious intermingling of black with white.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Men who live by robbing their fellow men of their labor and liberty have forfeited their right to know anything of the thoughts, feelings, or purposes of those whom they rob and plunder. They have by the single act of slaveholding voluntarily placed themselves beyond the laws of justice and honor, and have become only fitted for companionship with thieves and pirates – the common enemies of God and of all mankind.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “It’s a poor rule that won’t work both ways.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “If I have advocated the cause of the Negro, it is not because I am a Negro, but because I am a man.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “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 did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Abolition of slavery had been the deepest desire and the great labor of my life.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Immense wealth, and its lavish expenditure, fill the great house with all that can please the eye, or tempt the taste. Here, appetite, not food, is the great desideratum.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The thought of only being a creature of the present and the past was troubling. I longed for a future too, with hope in it. The desire to be free, awakened my determination to act, to think, and to SPEAK.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Did John Brown fail? John Brown began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A war undertaken and brazenly carried for the perpetual enslavement of the colored men, calls logically and loudly for the colored men to help suppress it.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Our community belongs to us and whether it is mean or majestic, whether arrayed in glory or covered in shame, we cannot but share its character and destiny.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a great man – too great to be small in anything. In his company I was never in any way reminded of my humble origin, or of my unpopular color.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “My long-crushed spirit rose, cowardice departed, bold defiance took its place; and I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Allow us the dignity to fight for our own freedom.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “It was necessary to keep our religious masters at St. Michael’s unacquainted with the fact, that, instead of spending the Sabbath in wrestling, boxing, and drinking whisky, we were trying to learn how to read the will of God; for they had much rather see us engaged in those degrading sports, than to see us behaving like intellectual, moral, and accountable beings.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “We were both victims to the same overshadowing evil – she, as mistress, I, as slave.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The law on the side of freedom is of great advantage only when there is power to make that law respected.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “To enslave men, successfully and safely, it is necessary to have their minds occupied with thoughts and aspirations short of the liberty of which they are deprived. A certain degree of attainable good must be kept before them.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I will give Mr. Freeland the credit of being the best master I ever had, till I became my own master.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “They love the heathen on the other side of the globe. They can pray for him, pay money to have the Bible put into his hand, and missionaries to instruct him; while they despise and totally neglect the heathen at their own doors. Such is, very briefly, my view of the religion of this land;.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “They suppress the truth rather than take the consequence of telling it, and in so doing prove themselves a part of the human family.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “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.”
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; but, feed and clothe him well, – work him moderately – surround him with physical comfort, – and dreams of freedom intrude. Give him a bad master, and he aspires to a good master; give him a good master, and he wishes to become his own master.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The relation between the white and colored people of this country is the great, paramount, imperative, and all-commanding question for this age and nation to solve.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Experience is a keen teacher;.”
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