Frederick Douglass Quotes

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

You have seen how a man was made a slave, you shall see how a slave was made a man.

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

The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

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

The Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny… The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.

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

In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky-her grand old woods-her fertile fields – her beautiful rivers – her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slave-holding and wrong; When I remember that with […]

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! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they […]

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.