Frederick Douglass Quotes.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
Praying for freedom never did me any good til I started praying with my feet.
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.
A slave is someone who sits down, and waits for someone to free them.
Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, ‘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.
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.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
That which is inhuman cannot be divine.
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.
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.
Experience demonstrates that there may be a wages of slavery only a little less galling and crushing in its effects than chattel slavery, and that this slavery of wages must go down with the other.