Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.

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

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

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

Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.

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.

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

Fugitive slaves were rare then and as a fugitive slave lecturer I had the advantage of being the first one out.

If there is no struggle there is no progress.

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.

At a time like this scorching irony not convincing argument is needed.

A man's character always takes its hue more or less from the form and color of things about him.

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.

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.

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

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

I could as a free man look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.

We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man, not a gentleman, can insult me.

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

One and God make a majority.

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