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Frederick Douglass 1818-1895

Frederick Douglass 1818-1895
American Slave, Reformer, Abolitionist, Writer & Statesman
 Great Truths       

One and God make a majority.

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

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

It is easier to build strong children then to repair broken men.

A little learning may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.

There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

That which is inhuman cannot be divine.

I am a Republican, a black, died in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.

I recognize the republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man’s political hopes and the ark of his safety. 

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.

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

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.

Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it earlier of the abolitionists. “What shall we do with the Negro? I have had but one answer from the beginning: do nothing with us! You’re doing with us has already played the mischief with us.

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.