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quote by Frederick Douglass: I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of increasing my contentment; it only increased my desire to be free, and set me thinking of plans t… with background image: purple and blue light illustration
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I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of increasing my contentment; it only increased my desire to be free, and set me thinking of plans to gain my freedom.

--Frederick Douglass

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I have observed this in my experience of slavery, -- that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom. I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceased to be a man.


quote by Frederick Douglass: Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! the chattel becomes a man. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! the chattel becomes a man.

--Frederick Douglass



quote by Frederick Douglass: Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free.

--Frederick Douglass

quote by Frederick Douglass: Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: 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. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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.

--Frederick Douglass

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence. From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace.


quote by Frederick Douglass: 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. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

--Frederick Douglass

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Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.


quote by Frederick Douglass: 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. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: One and God make a majority. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

One and God make a majority.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.

--Frederick Douglass
quote by Frederick Douglass: 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. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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.

--Frederick Douglass

quote by Frederick Douglass: It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. with background image: photo of author Frederick Douglass with quote

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

--Frederick Douglass

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