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Quotations by author » Frederick Douglass
American Abolitionist, Lecturer, Author and Slave, 1817-1895
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A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me
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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
Learning
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him
Character
Be not discouraged. There is a future for you. . . . The resistance encountered now predicates hope. . . . Only as we rise . . . do we encounter opposition.
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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.
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Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
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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
Politicians
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
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I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted
Slavery
I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death
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I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Prayer
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.
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I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety
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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
ProgressStruggle
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.
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In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky-her grand old woods-her fertile fields-her beautiful rivers-her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slave-holding and wrong; When I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten; That her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.
Slavery
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.
Needs
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
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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
Relationships
One and God make a majority.
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