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All Quotes by author - 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. "
" A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. "
" A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. "
" A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him. "
" America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. "
" At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. "
" Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. "
" 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. "
" Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out. "
" 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. "
" I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave. "
" I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted. "
" If there is no struggle, there is no progress. "
" I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. "
" 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. "
" I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety. "
" It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" One and God make a majority. "
" People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. "
" Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. "
" Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work. "
" That which is inhuman cannot be divine. "
" The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. "
" The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. "
" There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him. "
" The soul that is within me no man can degrade. "
" The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. "
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