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Frederick Douglass
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These dear souls came not to Sabbath school because it was popular to do so, nor did I teach them because it was reputable to be thus engaged. Every moment they spent in that school, they were liable to be taken up, and given thirty-nine lashes. They came because they wished to learn. Their minds had been starved by their cruel masters. They had been shut up in mental darkness. I taught them, because it was the delight of my soul to be doing something that looked like the bettering the condition of my race Frederick Douglass
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This war, disguise it as they may, is virtually nothing more or less than perpetual slavery against universal freedoms. Frederick Douglass
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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
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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. 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
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To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. 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. Frederick Douglass
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Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep, and swine Frederick Douglass
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In all the relations of life and death, we are met by the color line. Frederick Douglass
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I have often wished myself a beast. I preferred the condition of the meanest reptile to my own. Any thing, no matter what, to get rid of thinking! It was this everlasting thinking of my condition that tormented me. There was no getting rid of it. It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate. Frederick Douglass
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John Brown's zeal in the cause of freedom was infinitely superior to mine. Mine was as the taper light; his was as the burning sun. I could live for the slave; John Brown could die for him. The American people and the Government at Washington may refuse to recognize it for a time but the inexorable logic of events will force it upon them in the end; that the war now being waged in this land is a war for and against slavery. Frederick Douglass
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Be not discouraged. There is a future for you. . . . The resistance encountered now predicates hope. . . Frederick Douglass
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He who is whipped oftenest, is whipped easiest. Frederick Douglass
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It is the mission of the printer to diffuse light and knowledge by a judicious intermingling of black with white. Frederick Douglass
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In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. Frederick Douglass
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I was broken in body, soul and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute! Frederick Douglass
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Our minds are made up to live here if we can, or die here if we must; so every attempt to remove us will be, as it ought to be, labor lost. Here we are, and here we shall remain. Frederick Douglass
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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. 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. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. Frederick Douglass
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Fortune may crowd a man's life with fortunate circumstances and happy opportunities, but they will, as we all know, avail him nothing unless he makes a wise and vigorous use of them. Frederick Douglass
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These were choice documents to me... They gave tongue to interesting thoughts of my own soul, which had frequently flashed through my mind, and died away for want of utterance. Frederick Douglass
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The American Constitution is a written instrument full and complete in itself. No Court in America, no Congress, no President, can add a single word thereto, or take a single word threreto. It is a great national enactment done by the people, and can only be altered, amended, or added to by the people. 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. Frederick Douglass
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If we would reach a degree of civilization higher and grander than any yet attained, we should welcome to our ample continent all nations, kindreds [sic] tongues and peoples; and as fast as they learn our language and comprehend the duties of citizenship, we should incorporate them into the American body politic. The outspread wings of the American eagle are broad enough to shelter all who are likely to come. Frederick Douglass
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We are Americans, speaking the same language, adopting the same customs, holding the same general opinions... and shall rise and fall with Americans. Frederick Douglass
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What to the Slave is the 4th of July. Frederick Douglass
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I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety. 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. Frederick Douglass
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The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. Frederick Douglass
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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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America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Frederick Douglass
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I have no protection at home, or resting place abroad. ... I am an outcast from the society of my childhood, and an outlaw in the land of my birth. I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers were. Frederick Douglass
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I hear the mournful wail of millions! Frederick Douglass
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Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains. Frederick Douglass
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The day dawns; the morning star is bright upon the horizon! The iron gate of our prison stands half open. One gallant rush from the North will fling it wide open, while four millions of our brothers and sisters shall march out into liberty. The chance is now given you to end in a day the bondage of centuries, and to rise in one bound from social degradation to the place of common equality with all other varieties of men. Frederick Douglass
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They who study mankind with a whip in their hands will always go wrong. Frederick Douglass
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Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all of the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. Frederick Douglass
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Grandmother pointed out my brother Perry, my sister Sarah, and my sister Eliza, who stood in the group. I had never seen my brother nor my sisters before; and, though I had sometimes heard of them, and felt a curious interest in them, I really did not understand what they were to me, or I to them. We were brothers and sisters, but what of that? Why should they be attached to me, or I to them? Brothers and sisters were by blood; but slavery had made us strangers. I heard the words brother and sisters, and knew they must mean something; but slavery had robbed these terms of their true meaning. Frederick Douglass
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If the Negro knows enough to pay taxes to support the government, he knows enough to vote; taxation and representation should go together. If he knows enough to shoulder a musket and fight for the flag, fight for the government, he knows enough to vote. Frederick Douglass
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Men of Color, To Arms! The case is before you. This is our golden opportunity. Let us accept it, and forever wipe out the dark reproaches unsparingly hurled against us by our enemies. Let us win for ourselves the gratitude of our country, and the best blessings of our posterity through all time. Frederick Douglass
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What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. Frederick Douglass
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You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. Frederick Douglass
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...there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate Army...as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops, and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government...There were such soldiers at Manassas and they are probably there still. Frederick Douglass
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Opportunity is important but exertion is indispensable. Frederick Douglass
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Yet people in general will say they like colored men as well as any other, but in their proper place. Frederick Douglass
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The law on the side of freedom is of great advantage only when there is power to make that law respected. Frederick Douglass
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We succeed, not alone by the laborious exertions of our faculties, be they small or great, but by the regular, thoughtful and systematic exercise of them. Frederick Douglass
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In life you don't get everything you pay for, but you must pay for everything you get. Frederick Douglass
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