All Quotes, Frederick Douglass

50+ Tremendous Frederick Douglass Quotes

Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer and statesman. Born into slavery he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. In his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, he described his experiences as a slave. He is widely remembered for his Oratory capability. This is a humble Quoteish quote tribute to Frederick Douglass with 52 of his tremendously poweful quotes on slavery, freedom and knowledge.



1. The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. Frederick Douglass
2. What to the Slave is the 4th of July. Frederick Douglass
3. The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. Frederick Douglass
4. Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work. Frederick Douglass
5. The soul that is within me no man can degrade. Frederick Douglass
6. A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. Frederick Douglass
7. Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work. Frederick Douglass
8. That which is inhuman cannot be divine. Frederick Douglass
9. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Frederick Douglass
10. The soul that is within me no man can degrade. Frederick Douglass
11. A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. Frederick Douglass
12. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass
13. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. Frederick Douglass
14. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
15. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart. Frederick Douglass
16. The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. Frederick Douglass
17. At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Frederick Douglass
18. 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
19. People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. Frederick Douglass
20. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglass
21. Our destiny is largely in our hands. Frederick Douglass
22. Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude. Frederick Douglass
23. Our destiny is largely in our hands. Frederick Douglass
24. Experience is a keen teacher. Frederick Douglass
25. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass
26. From apparently the basest metals we have the finest toned bells. Frederick Douglass
27. Inaction is followed by stagnation. Stagnation is followed by pestilence and pestilence is followed by death. Frederick Douglass
28. Your faculties remained yours, and mine became useful to their rightful owner. Frederick Douglass
29. You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed. Frederick Douglass
30. A slave is someone who sits down, and waits for someone to free them. Frederick Douglass
31. A man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box. Frederick Douglass
32. Every one of us should be ashamed to be free while his brother is a slave. Frederick Douglass
33. Opportunity is important but exertion is indispensable. Frederick Douglass
34. He who would be free must strike the first blow. Frederick Douglass
35. Truth is proper and beautiful in all times and in all places. Frederick Douglass
36. Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. Frederick Douglass
37. What is possible for me is possible for you. Frederick Douglass
38. You have to take power. No one gives it. Frederick Douglass
39. In life you don't get everything you pay for, but you must pay for everything you get. Frederick Douglass
40. Oppression makes a wise man mad. Frederick Douglass
41. It is better to be part of a great whole than to be the whole of a small part. Frederick Douglass
42. The opposite of compromise is character. Frederick Douglass
43. Intelligence is a great leveler here as elsewhere Frederick Douglass
44. Liberty for all; chains for none. Frederick Douglass
45. Some know the value of education by having it. I know it's value by not having it. Frederick Douglass
46. A great man, tender of heart, strong of nerve, boundless patience and broadest sympathy, with no motive apart from his country. Frederick Douglass
47. The silver trump of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness. Frederick Douglass
48. Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. Frederick Douglass
49. It's a poor rule that won't work both ways. Frederick Douglass
50. The mind does not take its complexion from the skin. Frederick Douglass
51. Right is of no sex, truth is of no color. Frederick Douglass
52. You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. Frederick Douglass

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