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A list of the best Frederick Douglass quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Frederick Douglass quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Frederick Douglass quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Frederick Douglass should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Frederick Douglass quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass

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Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass

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

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One and God make a majority. Frederick Douglass

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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. Frederick Douglass

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I knew that however bad the Republican party was, the Democratic party was much worse. The elements of which the Republican party was composed gave better ground for the ultimate hope of the success of the colored mans cause than those of the Democratic party. Frederick Douglass

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I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored mans political hopes and the ark of his safety. Frederick Douglass

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For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. Frederick Douglass

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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. Frederick Douglass

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

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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.

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

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

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

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In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny.