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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass
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
Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
Frederick Douglass
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
Frederick Douglass
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
Frederick Douglass
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
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 to incur my own abhorrence.
Frederick Douglass
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Frederick Douglass
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Frederick Douglass
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
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 white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
Frederick Douglass
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
Frederick Douglass
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
Frederick Douglass
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
Frederick Douglass
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
Frederick Douglass
I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
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.
Frederick Douglass
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