30 Frederick Douglass Quotes That’ll Change Your Perspective In Life

Frederick Douglass was a popular human rights leader. He was born in 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. The exact date isn’t known but he celebrated it on February 14.

Douglass gained popularity by being one of the best intellectuals of his era. He would advise presidents and lecture people on different causes, like women’s rights. He was also considered as the first African-American to possess a high U.S. government rank.

On February 20, 1895, Douglass suffered and died of a stroke or massive heart attack.

For inspiration and to celebrate his career and contributions, we’ve collected the best Frederick Douglas quotes. Scroll down and be inspired by the great orator, statesman, writer, abolitionist, and social reformer.

One and God make a majority.

A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

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What to the Slave is the 4th of July.

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

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.

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.

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The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

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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.

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

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.

frederick douglass irony quotesWhere 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.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

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

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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.

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

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

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There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.

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Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

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Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.

I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.

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