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19 Famous Quotes by Frederick Douglass
- 2/20/1895
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The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery

Misery Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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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.

Needs Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Oppression Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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

Calamity Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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If there is no struggle there is no progress.

Society Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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

Slavery Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky-her grand old woods-her fertile fields-her beautiful rivers-her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slave-holding and wrong; When I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten; That her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.

Slavery Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.

Racism Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

Society Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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

Learning Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Struggle Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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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.

Contentment Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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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.

Politics / government Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.

Agitation Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.

Men and women Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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A man without force, is without the essential dignity of humanity. Human nature is so constituted, that it cannot honor a helpless man, although it can pity him.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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Power concedes nothing without a demand.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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Experience proves that those are oftenest abused who can be abused with the greatest impunity. Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.

Society Quotes, by Frederick Douglass

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