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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: “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 who study mankind with a whip in their hands will always go wrong.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “We were both victims to the same overshadowing evil – she, as mistress, I, as slave.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Slavery is indeed gone, but its shadow still lingers over the country and poisons more or less the moral atmosphere of all sections of the republic.”
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: “I will give Mr. Freeland the credit of being the best master I ever had, till I became my own master.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I was, for weeks, a poor, broken-hearted mourner, traveling through the darkness and misery of doubts and fears. I finally found that change of heart which comes by “casting all one’s care” upon God, and by having faith in Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer, Friend, and Savior of those who diligently seek Him. After.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “There is not, beneath the sky, an enemy to filial affection so destructive as slavery. It had made my brothers and sisters strangers to me; it converted the mother that bore me, into a myth; it shrouded my father in mystery, and left me without an intelligible beginning in the world.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The more men you make free, the more freedom is strengthened, and the more men you give an interest in the welfare and safety of the State, the greater is the security of the State.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “When I went into their family, it was the abode of happiness and contentment. The mistress of the house was a model of affection and tenderness. Her fervent piety and watchful uprightness made it impossible to see her without thinking and feeling – “that woman is a Christian.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The story of our inferiority is an old dodge, as I have said; for wherever men oppress their fellows, wherever they enslave them, they will endeavor to find the needed apology for such enslavement and oppression in the character of the people oppressed and enslaved. When.”
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: “They attend with Pharisaical strictness to the outward forms of religion, and at the same time neglect the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “From the first I saw no chance of bettering the condition of the freedman until he should cease to be merely a freedman and should become a citizen.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A man, at times, gets something for nothing, but it will, in his hands, amount to nothing.”
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: “How do you feel,” said a friend to me, “when you are hooted and jeered on the street on account of your color?” “I feel as if an ass had kicked, but had hit nobody,” was my answer.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The District of Columbia is the one spot where there is no government for the people, of the people and by the people.”
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: “A man’s troubles are always half disposed of when he finds endurance the only alternative.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “If a slave has a bad master, his ambition is to get a better; when he gets a better, he aspires to have the best; and when he gets the best, he aspires to be his own master.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The name given me by my mother was, “Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.” I, however, had dispensed with the two middle names long before I left Maryland so that I was generally known by the name of “Frederick Bailey.”
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: “Slavery blunts the edge of all our rebukes of tyranny abroad – the criticisms that we make upon other nations, only call forth ridicule, contempt, and scorn. In a word, we are made a reproach and a by-word to a mocking earth, and we must continue to be so made, so long as slavery continues to pollute our soil.”
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: “If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Is it possible for the human mind to conceive of a more horrible state of society?”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “My hopes were never brighter than now.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A worship that can be conducted by persons who refuse to give shelter to the houseless, to give bread to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and who enjoin obedience to a law forbidding these acts of mercy, is a curse, not a blessing to mankind.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “A man must be disposed to judge of emancipation by other tests than whether it has increased the produce of sugar, – and to hate slavery for other reasons than because it starves men and whips women, – before he is ready to lay the first stone of his anti-slavery life.”
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: “For no man who lives at all lives unto himself. He either helps or hinders all who are in anywise connected to him.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these excellent qualities, and her home of its early happiness. Conscience cannot stand much violence.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “It is no disparagement to truth, that it can only prevail where reason prevails. War begins where reason ends. The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “They are thought pictures – the outstanding headlands of the meandering shores of life, and are points to steer by on the broad sea of thought and experience. They body forth in living forms and colors the ever varying lights and shadows of the soul.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Reader! Are you with the man-stealers in sympathy and purpose, or on the side of their down-trodden victims? If with the former, then you are the foe of God and man.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Without any appeal to books, to laws, or to authorities of any kind, it was enough to accept God as a father, to regard slavery as a crime. I.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “The arm of the Federal government is long, but it is far too short to protect the rights of individuals in the interior of distant States. They must have the power to protect themselves, or they will go unprotected, spite of all the laws the Federal government can put upon the national statute-book.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “Men talk much of a new birth. The fact is fundamental. But the mistake is in treating it as an incident which can only happen to a man once in a lifetime: whereas the whole journey of life is a succession of them. A new life springs up in the soul with the discovery of every new agency by which the soul is raised to a higher level of wisdom: goodness and joy.”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “What upon Earth is the matter with the American people? Do they really covet the world’s ridicule as well as their own social and political ruin?”
Frederick Douglass Quote: “I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness. It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake. Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrow of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears. At least, such is my experience.”
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