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Frederick Douglass quotes

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

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

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

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.

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.

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

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

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

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

One and God make a majority.

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

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

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

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.

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.

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

A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.