Zitat des Tages von Frederick Douglass:
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.
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
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.
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
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.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
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.
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
What to the Slave is the 4th of July.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.