Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, 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 from Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave. Douglass wrote several autobiographies. He described his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller, and was influential... More

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Frederick Douglass Quotes

Frederick Douglass #Change

Photo of Frederick Douglass If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass #Freedom

Photo of Frederick Douglass 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.
Frederick Douglass #Freedom #Men

Photo of Frederick Douglass Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
Frederick Douglass #Future

Photo of Frederick Douglass America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Frederick Douglass #God

Photo of Frederick Douglass One and God make a majority.
Frederick Douglass #Happiness

Photo of Frederick Douglass The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
Frederick Douglass #Great

Photo of Frederick Douglass 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.
Frederick Douglass #Learning

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

Photo of Frederick Douglass It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass #Religion

Photo of Frederick Douglass I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Frederick Douglass #Nature

Photo of Frederick Douglass 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.
Frederick Douglass #Power

Photo of Frederick Douglass Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass #Men

Photo of Frederick Douglass When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
Frederick Douglass #Time

Photo of Frederick Douglass At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
Frederick Douglass #Work

Photo of Frederick Douglass People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
Frederick Douglass #Work

Photo of Frederick Douglass Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
Frederick Douglass #Future

Photo of Frederick Douglass We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
Frederick Douglass #Society

Photo of Frederick Douglass 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.