15 Motivational Frederick Douglass Quotes & Sayings

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Frederick Douglass Quotes and sayings

Read 15 Motivational Frederick Douglass quotes and sayings about education, slavery, struggle and family. We collect amazing quotes of Frederick Douglass and share with you! He was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. 

1. 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

2. There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

Frederick Douglass

3. People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

Frederick Douglass

4. 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

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

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

7. 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

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

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

10. At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.

Frederick Douglass

11. We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

15. That which is inhuman cannot be divine.

Frederick Douglass