Frederick Douglass Quotes

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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.

  • Power and those in control concede nothing ... without a demand. Hey never have and never will... Each and every one of us must keep demanding, must keep fighting, must keep thundering, must keep plowing, must keep on keeping things struggling, must speak out and speak up until justice is served because where there is no justice there is no peace.

  • 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.

    What to the Slave is the 4th of July?, delivered 4 July 1852
  • 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 (1994). “Autobiographies”, p.816, Library of America
  • Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.

    Frederick Douglass (1994). “Autobiographies”, p.24, Library of America
  • The Constitutional framers were peace men; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men; but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forbearance; but that they knew its limits. They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. With them, nothing was "settled" that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were "final;" not slavery and oppression.

  • ...there are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate 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 (1952). “The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass: The Civil War, 1861-1865”
  • I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.

    Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison (1849). “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, p.1
  • We are free to say that in respect to political rights, we hold women to be justly entitled to all we claim for men.

    Frederick Douglass, Philip Sheldon Foner, Yuval Taylor (1999). “Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings”, p.102, Chicago Review Press
  • The mind does not take its complexion from the skin.

    Frederick Douglass, Milton Meltzer (1995). “Frederick Douglass, in his own words”, Harcourt Children's Books
  • A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

  • I will unite with anyone to do good, but with no one to do harm.

  • 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, James Daley (2013). “Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass”, p.57, Courier Corporation
  • The ballot is the only safety.

    Frederick Douglass, George L. Ruffin (2001). “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History to the Present Time”, p.460, Digital Scanning Inc
  • [A] woman should have every honorable motive to exertion which is enjoyed by man, to the full extent of her capacities and endowments. The case is too plain for argument. Nature has given woman the same powers, and subjected her to the same earth, breathes the same air, subsists on the same food, physical, moral, mental and spiritual. She has, therefore, an equal right with man, in all efforts to obtain and maintain a perfect existence.

    Frederick Douglass (2011). “In the Words of Frederick Douglass: Quotations from Liberty’s Champion”, p.237, Cornell University Press
  • 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 (2008). “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass”, p.172, Cosimo, Inc.
  • 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 (2012). “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass”, p.340, Courier Corporation
  • 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 (1994). “Autobiographies”, p.409, Library of America
  • No people to whom liberty is given can hold it as firmly and wear it as grandly as those who wrench their liberty from the iron hand of the tyrant.

    Frederick Douglass (2012). “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass”, p.447, Courier Corporation
  • I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.

    Frederick Douglass (1855). “Anti-slavery Movement: A Lecture”, p.33
  • The man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down.

    Frederick Douglass (2013). “Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass”, p.134, Courier Corporation
  • The Constitution of the United States knows no distinction between citizens on account of color. Neither does it know any difference between a citizen of a state and a citizen of the United States.

    Frederick Douglass (2013). “The Magazine Articles of Frederick Douglass”, p.9, Simon and Schuster
  • Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! the chattel becomes a man.

    Frederick Douglass (2013). “The Complete Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass”, p.262, Simon and Schuster
  • I escaped from slavery and became a leading abolitionist and speaker.

  • We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.

    What to the Slave is the 4th of July?, delivered 4 July 1852
  • This war, disguise it as they may, is virtually nothing more or less than perpetual slavery against universal freedoms.

  • Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, . . . neither persons nor property will be safe.

    Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of emancipation in the District of Columbia,Washington, D.C., Apr. 1886
  • America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.

    What to the Slave is the 4th of July?, delivered 4 July 1852
  • Immense wealth, and its lavish expenditure, fill the great house with all that can please the eye, or tempt the taste. Here, appetite, not food, is the great desideratum.

    Frederick Douglass (2013). “The Complete Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass”, p.133, Simon and Schuster
  • Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.

    Frederick Douglass (2016). “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: The Illustrated Edition”, p.102, Zenith Press
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    Frederick Douglass

    • Born: d. February 20, 1895
    • Died: February 20, 1895
    • Occupation: Orator