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I prayed for twenty years but received no answer ...
by Frederick Douglass

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

Related topics: Religion

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
- Frederick Douglass

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

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

 

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

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

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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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.
- Frederick Douglass

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

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

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

One and God make a majority.
- Frederick Douglass

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

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
- Frederick Douglass

Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer,
I had the advantage of being the first one out.
- Frederick Douglass

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
- Frederick Douglass

Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the
proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
- Frederick Douglass

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

I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
- Frederick Douglass

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

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

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
- Frederick Douglass

Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
- Frederick Douglass

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

What to the Slave is the 4th of July.
- Frederick Douglass

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.
- Frederick Douglass

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance
of those whom they oppose.
- Frederick Douglass

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
- Frederick Douglass

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

I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor
of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
- Frederick Douglass

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

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that
they will reap the whirlwind.
- Frederick Douglass

America is false to the past, false to the present,
and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
- Frederick Douglass

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

Where 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.
- Frederick Douglass

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife.
Then he realized there was a contradiction involved
here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
- Douglas Adams

I love my children.
That will never change.
I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me.
I never meant to hurt them!!
- Susan Smith

I always prayed that God would give me the wisdom and
the vision to do the things on this earth that I was
supposed to do to express His life and love and His will.
- Billy Ray Cyrus

Inside that book, it's my life-all the places where
I'm hurting or I laughed or I cried or I prayed.
And I've had to pray a lot!
- June Carter Cash

Real knowledge, like everything else of value,
is not to be obtained easily.
It must be worked for, studied for, thought for,
and, more that all, must be prayed for.
- Thomas Arnold

Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
- Edmund Waller

I believe you have a responsibility to comport yourself
in a manner that gives an example to others.
As a young man, I prayed for success.
Now I pray just to be worthy of it.
- Brendan Fraser

While others prayed for the good time coming,
I worked for it.
- Victoria Woodhull

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in it.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I prayed, thanking God, for making it all possible for me,
because I knew where I came from.
- Thomas Hearns

My brother Jim and I saw our father go into the jails
and pray with the inmates Sunday after Sunday.
He prayed with both blacks and whites.
If we ever repeated any slurs we heard on the playground,
he'd tell us very softly, "I don't want to hear those words."
- Charles Moore

I have prayed to God that he give me the strength to
survive each day and to face those times in my life
that will be extremely painful.
I have put my total faith in God, and he will take care of me.
- Susan Smith

I prayed to God for help and I put myself in a recovery house called Studio 12.
It was for people in the business and you didn't have to have any money to go,
which was good because I was broke.
- Brion James

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Is it bigger than breadbox?
- the early television show Twenty Questions

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
- Henry Ford

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

A man who views the world the same at fifty
as he did at twenty
has wasted thirty years of his life.
- Muhammad Ali

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may
become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.
- Mary Wilson Little

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say
there are twenty gods or no God.
- Thomas Jefferson

At twenty years of age the will reigns;
at thirty, the wit;
and at forty, the judgment.
- Benjamin Franklin

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men
whose wives think they are out having fun.
- Jim Bishop

Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed.
But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops.
Uh, depending on the breaks.
- the movie Dr. Strangelove

I got a perfect build for clothes.
I'm a twenty-eight dwarf.
- the movie Love and Death

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.
- Ambrose Bierce

The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial
influence upon the health of a town than of twenty asses laden with drugs.
- Thomas Sydenham

You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young,
that you have turned twenty-four.
A man is or may be young to after sixty,
and not old before eighty.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

For one thing, I teach my students what my teacher for twenty years,
Paul Gavert, told me, 'The voice follows...
the voice follows everything about you...
who you are.'
- Betty Buckley

It took me about eight years to put together the program
that I have been living for twenty years.
- Marilu Henner

Twenty-five years ago nobody knew much about white sharks.
- Peter Benchley

I have been wounded altogether twenty times;
eleven of these wounds were received at Northfield.
- Cole Younger

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five
are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
- William James

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
- Moliere

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots
with ideas twenty years later.
- Louis Aragon


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