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"…. these pro-slavery objections have their power mainly in the slavery-engendered prejudice, which every where…

Posted by Frederick Douglass American Hero on Monday, January 1, 2018

Fredrick Douglas was born in a slave family in 1818 in Maryland. He was the first African American to become a high ranked US official.  He was among the top leaders in the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century. Being an intellectual person, he advised the presidents of his times and served as a lecturer for women’s right and Irish home rule. Furthermore, he wrote autobiographies which contained the cruel experiences of the slavery during the civil war. His wisdom and intellect are still adored and the following 22 quotes will give a clear picture why.

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"We must get character for ourselves, as a people. A change in our political condition would do very little for us…

Posted by Frederick Douglass American Hero on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

“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.”

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

3.

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

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"Fortune may crowd a man’s life with fortunate circumstances and happy opportunities, but they will, as we all know,…

Posted by Frederick Douglass American Hero on Sunday, December 31, 2017

“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.”

5.

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

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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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"Banish the idea that one class must rule over another. Recognize the fact that the rights of the humblest citizen are…

Posted by Frederick Douglass American Hero on Sunday, December 31, 2017

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

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“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

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

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"Truth may seemingly lag behind, and stop to rest upon the weeping willow. But the progress of the latter is sure and…

Posted by Frederick Douglass American Hero on Thursday, December 28, 2017

“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.”

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“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.”

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

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"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous" — Frederick Douglass, April 1885.

Posted by Frederick Douglass American Hero on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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

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

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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.”

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

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

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“Find out just what any people will submit to and you have the exact amount of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

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“Some know the value of education by having it. I knew its value by not having it.”

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“A smile or a tear has no nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.”

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

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“A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.”

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