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Frederick Douglass
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I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of increasing my contentment; it only increased my desire to be free, and set me thinking of plans to gain my freedom. Frederick Douglass
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Your national greatness, swelling vanity; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. 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. Frederick Douglass
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I do not think much of the good luck theory of self-made men. It is worth but little attention and has no practical value. Frederick Douglass
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To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken the moral and mental vision and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. Frederick Douglass
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Despite of it all, the Negro remains... cool, strong, imperturbable, and cheerful. Frederick Douglass
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Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out. Frederick Douglass
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Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even to die free than to live slaves. Frederick Douglass
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In one point of view, we, the abolitionists and colored people, should meet [the Dred Scott] decision, unlooked for and monstrous as it appears, in a cheerful spirit. This very attempt to blot out forever the hopes of an enslaved people may be one necessary link in the chain of events preparatory to the downfall and complete overthrow of the whole slave system. Frederick Douglass
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This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. Frederick Douglass
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Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest. Frederick Douglass
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It was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read. Frederick Douglass
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A man, at times, gets something for nothing, but it will, in his hands, amount to nothing. Frederick Douglass
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Everybody has asked the question . . . 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! Frederick Douglass
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To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Frederick Douglass
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Shields Green was not one to shrink from hardships or dangers. He was a man of few words, and his speech was singularly broken; but his courage and self-respect made him quite a dignified character. Frederick Douglass
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Without Struggle There Is No Success Frederick Douglass
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Freedom now appeared, to disappear no more forever...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
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I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death. Frederick Douglass
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A great man, tender of heart, strong of nerve, boundless patience and broadest sympathy, with no motive apart from his country. Frederick Douglass
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What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: A day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustices and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham. Frederick Douglass
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Heaven's blessing must attend all, and freedom must soon be given to the pining millions under a ruthless bondage. Frederick Douglass
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They cannot degrade Frederick Douglass. The soul that is within me no man can degrade. I am not the one that is being degraded on account of this treatment, but those who are inflicting it upon me... Frederick Douglass
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From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace; and in the darkest hours of my career in slavery, this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through the gloom. This good spirit was from God, and to him I offer thanksgiving and praise. Frederick Douglass
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Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free. Frederick Douglass
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Abolition of slavery had been the deepest desire and the great labor of my life Frederick Douglass
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One by one I have seen obstacles removed, errors corrected, prejudices softened, proscriptions relinquished, and my people advancing in all the elements that go to make up the sum of the general welfare. And I remember that God reigns in eternity, and that whatever delays, whatever disappointments and discouragements may come, truth, justice, liberty and humanity will ultimately prevail. Frederick Douglass
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Without a struggle, there can be no progress. Frederick Douglass
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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. Frederick Douglass
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The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. Frederick Douglass
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The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. Frederick Douglass
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If there's no struggle, there's no progress. Frederick Douglass
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I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness. Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery. The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion. Frederick Douglass
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The destiny of the colored American ... is the destiny of America. Frederick Douglass
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A slave is someone who sits down, and waits for someone to free them. Frederick Douglass
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Knowledge unfits a child to be a slave. 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. Frederick Douglass
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We are one, our cause is one, and we must help each other; if we are to succeed. Frederick Douglass
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For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. Frederick Douglass
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The more men you make free, the more freedom is strengthened, and the more men you give an interest in the welfare and safety of the State, the greater is the security of the State. Frederick Douglass
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Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity. Frederick Douglass
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Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get. Frederick Douglass
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The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe. Though he does not represent the present state, he represents the future state. If he does not represent what we are, he represents what we ought to be. Frederick Douglass
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Oppression makes a wise man mad. Frederick Douglass
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Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
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Right is of no sex, truth is of no color, Frederick Douglass
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The thought of only being a creature of the present and the 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
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Our destiny is largely in our hands. Frederick Douglass
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Viewing the man from the genuine abolitionist ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed cold, tardy, weak and unequal to the task. But, viewing him from the sentiments of his people, which as a statesman he was bound to respect, then his actions were swift, bold, radical and decisive. Taking the man in the whole, balancing the tremendous magnitude of the situation, and the necessary means to ends, Infinite Wisdom has rarely sent a man into the world more perfectly suited to his mission than Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Douglass
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I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class. Frederick Douglass
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You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed. Frederick Douglass
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If I have advocated the cause of the Negro, it is not because I am a Negro, but because I am a man. Frederick Douglass
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Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the constitution is a Glorious Liberty Document! Frederick Douglass
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The Federal Government was never, in its essence, anything but an anti-slavery government. Frederick Douglass
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The evidence for indicting immunisations for SIDS is circumstantial, but compelling. However, the keepers of the keys to medical-research funds are not interested in researching this very important lead to the cause of an ongoing, and possibly preventable, tragedy. Anything that implies that immunisations are not the greatest medical advance in the history of public health is ignored or ridiculed. Can you imagine the economic and political import of discovering that immunisations are killing thousands of babies? Frederick Douglass
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It's a poor rule that won't work both ways. Frederick Douglass
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American labor rights activist, on activities of the National Farm Workers Association Human law may know no distinction among men in respect of rights, but human practice may. Frederick Douglass
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He who would be free must strike the first blow. 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. Frederick Douglass
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I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglass
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The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass
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At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Frederick Douglass
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A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him. Frederick Douglass
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The silver trump of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness. Frederick Douglass
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From the first I saw no chance of bettering the condition of the freedman until he should cease to be merely a freedman and should become a citizen. Frederick Douglass
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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
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The church of this country is not only indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, it actually takes sides with the oppressors.... For my part, I would say, welcome infidelity! Welcome atheism! Welcome anything! in preference to the gospel, as preached by these Divines! They convert the very name of religion into an engine of tyranny and barbarous cruelty, and serve to confirm more infidels, in this age, than all the infidel writings of Thomas Paine, Voltaire, and Bolingbroke put together have done! Frederick Douglass
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I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong. Frederick Douglass
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I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hatethe corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial, and hypocritical Christianity of this land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Frederick Douglass
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Liberty for all; chains for none. Frederick Douglass
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