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Frederick Douglass Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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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

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
- 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

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

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

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
- 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 thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
- Frederick Douglass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One and God make a majority.
- Frederick Douglass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Know the power of breathing deeply and slowly.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle

What power there is in our service when our actions
line up with our mission, skills and joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know the power of choice.
Fly life on free wings,
and sing to its glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Where love reigns, there is no will to power;
and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking.
The one is but the shadow of the other.
- Carl Jung

Know that you hold the power to
bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Make the best use of what is in your power,
and take the rest as it happens.
- Epictetus

Know that unconditional forgiveness
holds immense power to relieve your suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
- Henri de Lubac

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

Know the power of saying, "Thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu


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