Frederick Douglass Quotes

Who is Frederick Douglass?

Frederick Douglass was a former slave who became a social reformer and writer in 19th century America.

Born February 01, 1818
Died February 20, 1895

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Best 12 Quotes by Frederick Douglass

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

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

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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.”

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

“Oppression makes a wise man mad.”

“Our destiny is largely in our hands.”

“It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

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