Amazing Quotes by Most Recognizable Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

Best collection of  Frederick Douglass Quotes on civil war, struggle and Life.

  • What to the Slave is the 4th of July.
  • One and God make a majority.
  • If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
  • Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
  • The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
  • Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
  • It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
  • The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
  • Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
  • At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
  • A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
  • The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.
  • I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
  • I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.
  • When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
  • The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
  • The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
  • We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
  • America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
  • I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
  • People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
  • A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
  • A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
  • Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
  • To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
  • I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man’s political hopes and the ark of his safety.
  • Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
  • Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.