35 Famous Frederick Douglass Quotes


Following are the most inspiring Frederick Douglass Quotes. Famous quotations by Frederick Douglass, is an American orator. (Died February 20, 1895,) Share with your friends.

Frederick Douglass Quotes


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ― Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ― Frederick Douglass

“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.” ― Frederick Douglass

“A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man”. ― Frederick Douglass

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ― Frederick Douglass

“Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude.” ― Frederick Douglass

“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” ― Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

“Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.” ― Frederick Douglass

“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

“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.” ― Frederick Douglass

“Without Struggle There Is No Success” ― Frederick Douglass

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” ― Frederick Douglass

“I had as well be killed running as die standing” ― Frederick Douglass

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

“Some know the value of education by having it. I know it’s value by not having it.” ― Frederick Douglass

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

“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

“My hopes were never brighter than now.” ― Frederick Douglass

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass

“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” ― 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 relation between the white and colored people of this country is the great, paramount, imperative, and all-commanding question for this age and nation to solve.” ― Frederick Douglass

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

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

“Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren” ― Frederick Douglass

“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.” ― Frederick Douglass

“There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.” ― Frederick Douglass

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” ― Frederick Douglass

“From apparently the basest metals we have the finest toned bells.” ― Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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

“Experience is a keen teacher;” ― Frederick Douglass

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

“most successful one was that of tarring his fence all around; after which, if a slave was caught” ― Frederick Douglass

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

“For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage.” ― Frederick Douglass

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