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50+ 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 powerful quotes on slavery, freedom and knowledge.



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