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Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, better known as Frederick Douglass was born on February 1818. He was an influential social reformer, orator, writer, and abolitionist. He escaped from slavery and became a national leader the African-American people. He was an ardent advocate of female rights and equality of all people. He believed in the power of dialogue. He held several public offices and became the first African-American to be nominated for Vice President of the United States. He died of a massive heart attack.



“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Frederick Douglass

“Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has and never will. Show me the exact amount of wrong and injustices that are visited upon a person and I will show you the exact amount of words endured by these people.”
Frederick Douglass

“From apparently the basest metals we have the finest toned bells.”
Frederick Douglass quotes
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“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.”
Frederick Douglass

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
Frederick Douglass

“Having no resources within himself, he was compelled to be the copyist of many, and being such, he was forever the victim of inconsistency.”
Frederick Douglass

“I had a wholesome dread of the consequences of running in debt.”
Frederick Douglass quotes

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
Frederick Douglass

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
Frederick Douglass

“The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart.”
Frederick Douglass

“The thought of only being a creature of the present and 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.”
Frederick Douglass

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
Frederick Douglass
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“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”
Frederick Douglass

“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”
Frederick Douglass

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.”
Frederick Douglass

“There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.”
Frederick Douglass

“Experience is a keen teacher.”
Frederick Douglass quotes

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“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”
Frederick Douglass

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”
Frederick Douglass

“But I should be false in the earliest sentiments of my soul, if I suppressed the opinion. I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.”
Frederick Douglass

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.”
Frederick Douglass

“A man must be disposed to judge of emancipation by other tests than whether it has increased the produce of sugar,—and to hate slavery for other reasons than because it starves men and whips women,—before he is ready to lay the first stone of his anti-slavery life.”
Frederick Douglass
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“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”
Frederick Douglass

“Without Struggle There Is No Success.”
Frederick Douglass

“Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren.”
Frederick Douglass quotes

“It was worth half-cent to kill a “nigger”, and a half-cent to bury one.”
Frederick Douglass

“One and God make a majority.”
Frederick Douglass
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“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.”
Frederick Douglass

“Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”
Frederick Douglass

“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.”
Frederick Douglass

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.”
Frederick Douglass

“I will give Mr. Freeland the credit of being the best master I ever had, till I became my own master.”
Frederick Douglass

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“Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.”
Frederick Douglass

“The American people have this to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.”
Frederick Douglass

“Who would be free themselves must strike the blow…I urge you to fly to arms and smite to death the power that would bury the Government and your liberty in the same hopeless grave. This is your golden opportunity.”
Frederick Douglass

“Immense wealth, and its lavish expenditure, fill the great house with all that can please the eye, or tempt the taste. Here, appetite, not food, is the great desideratum.”
Frederick Douglass quotes

“My long-crushed spirit rose, cowardice departed, bold defiance took its place; and I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.”
Frederick Douglass

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“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
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

“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.”
Frederick Douglass quotes

“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.”
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 Douglass

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass

“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.”
Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.”
Frederick Douglass

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“It is easier to build strong men, than to repair broken ones.”
Frederick Douglass

“In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny.”
Frederick Douglass

“The silver trump of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness.”
Frederick Douglass

“Our destiny is largely in our hands.”
Frederick Douglass

“When I went into their family, it was the abode of happiness and contentment. The mistress of the house was a model of affection and tenderness. Her fervent piety and watchful uprightness made it impossible to see her without thinking and feeling—”that woman is a Christian.”
Frederick Douglass
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“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
Frederick Douglass

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Frederick Douglass

“For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others.”
Frederick Douglass

“Without struggle there can be no forward progress!”
Frederick Douglass

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“I had as well be killed running as die standing.”
Frederick Douglass

“Power concedes nothing without a demand.”
Frederick Douglass

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.”
Frederick Douglass

“My hopes were never brighter than now.”
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.”
Frederick Douglass

“What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”
Frederick Douglass

“The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe.”
Frederick Douglass

“Freedom now appeared, to disappear no more forever. It was heard in every sound and seen in every thing. It was very present to torment me with a sense of my wretched condition. I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, and felt nothing without feeling it. It looked from every star, it smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, and moved in every storm.”
Frederick Douglass quotes

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“Some know the value of education by having it. I know it’s value by not having it.”
Frederick Douglass

“A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.”
Frederick Douglass

“Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude.”
Frederick Douglass

“A man who will enslave his own blood, may not be safely relied on for magnanimity.”
Frederick Douglass

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