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By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Did John Brown fail? John Brown began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

American labor rights activist, on activities of the National Farm Workers Association Human law may know no distinction among men in respect of rights, but human practice may.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Right is of no Sex-Truth is of no Color-God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Fortune may crowd a man's life with fortunate circumstances and happy opportunities, but they will, as we all know, avail him nothing unless he makes a wise and vigorous use of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

The thought of only being a creature of the present and the past was troubling. I longed for a future too, with hope in it. The desire to be free, awakened my determination to act, to think, and to SPEAK.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Having despised us, it is not strange that Americans should seek to render us despicable; having enslaved us, it is natural that they should strive to prove us unfit for freedom; having denounced us as indolent, it is not strange that they should cripple our enterprises.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Beat and cuff your slave, keep him hungry and spiritless, and he will follow the chain of his master like a dog. Feed and clothe him well, work him moderately, surround him with physical comfort and dreams of freedom intrude.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

I have observed this in my experience of slavery, - that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom. I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceased to be a man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

One by one I have seen obstacles removed, errors corrected, prejudices softened, proscriptions relinquished, and my people advancing in all the elements that go to make up the sum of the general welfare. And I remember that God reigns in eternity, and that whatever delays, whatever disappointments and discouragements may come, truth, justice, liberty and humanity will ultimately prevail.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Allow us the dignity to fight for our own freedom

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

No, I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard on this or the other side of the Atlantic, I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason... Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied it's privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of it's humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken the moral and mental vision and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

It's a poor rule that won't work both ways.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frederick Douglass

They love the heathen on the other side of the globe. They can pray for him, pay money to have the Bible put into his hand, and missionaries to instruct him; while they despise and totally neglect the heathen at their own doors. Such is, very briefly, my view of the religion of this land" Frederick Douglas The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas: An American Slave

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frederick Douglass

The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

We are Americans, speaking the same language, adopting the same customs, holding the same general opinions... and shall rise and fall with Americans.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even to die free than to live slaves.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frederick Douglass

From apparently the basest metals we have the finest toned bells.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

I knew that however bad the Republican party was, the Democratic party was much worse. The elements of which the Republican party was composed gave better ground for the ultimate hope of the success of the colored mans cause than those of the Democratic party.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, . . . neither persons nor property will be safe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

...of whom I can say with a grateful heart, 'I was hungry, and he gave me meat; I was thirsty, and he gave me drink; I was a stranger, and he took me in.'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Shields Green was not one to shrink from hardships or dangers. He was a man of few words, and his speech was singularly broken; but his courage and self-respect made him quite a dignified character.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

There are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers , but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may to destroy the Federal Government and build up that of the traitors and rebels.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

The Constitution is a GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT. Read its preamble, consider it purposes. Is slavery among them? Is it at the gateway? or is it in the temple? it is neither.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frederick Douglass

To make a contented slave, you must make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate his power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery. The man that takes his earnings, must be able to convince him that he has a perfect right to do so. It must not depend upon mere force; the slave must know no Higher Law than his master's will. The whole relationship must not only demonstrate, to his mind, its necessity, but its absolute rightfulness.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frederick Douglass

I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

I have one great political idea... That idea is an old one. It is widely and generally assented to; nevertheless, it is very generally trampled upon and disregarded. The best expression of it, I have found in the Bible. It is in substance, "Righteousness exalteth a nation - sin is a reproach to any people." This constitutes my politics, the negative and positive of my politics, and the whole of my politics... I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind, that it may speedily be recognized and practiced upon by our people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

As those who believe in the visibility of ghosts can easily see them, so it is always easy to see repulsive qualities in those we despise and hate.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Though the colored man is no longer subject to be bought and sold, he is still surrounded by an adverse sentiment which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags, and wretchedness, he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome. But if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar, and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In the one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice. Let him do what he will, there is at present, therefore, no escape for him. The color line meets him everywhere, and in a measure shuts him out from all respectable and profitable trades and callings.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

[...] endless action and reaction. Those beautifully rounded pebbles which you gather on the sand and which you hold in your hand and marvel at their exceeding smoothness, were chiseled into their varies and graceful forms by the ceaseless action of countless waves. Nature is herself a great worker and never tolerates, without certain rebuke, any contradiction to her wise example. Inaction is followed by stagnation. Stagnation is followed by pestilence and pestilence is followed by death.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a great man - too great to be small in anything. In his company I was never in any way reminded of my humble origin, or of my unpopular color.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Frederick Douglass

That a man might do something very audacious and desperate for money, power or fame, was to the general apprehension quite possible; but, in face of plainly-written law, in face of constitutional guarantees protecting each state against domestic violence, in face of a nation of forty million of people, that nineteen men could invade a great State to liberate a despised and hated race, was to the average intellect and conscience, too monstrous for belief.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

The relation between the white and colored people of this country is the great, paramount, imperative, and all-commanding question for this age and nation to solve.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Frederick Douglass

You will be free as soon as you are twenty-one, but I am a slave for life! Have not I as good a right to be free as you have?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

One and God make a majority.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frederick Douglass

We succeed, not alone by the laborious exertions of our faculties, be they small or great, but by the regular, thoughtful and systematic exercise of them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frederick Douglass

It is better to be part of a great whole than to be the whole of a small part.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frederick Douglass

I love the religion of Christianity - which cometh from above - which is a pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of good fruits, and without hypocrisy.