Frederick Douglass Quotes (76 quotes)
“Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.”
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845)
“Our minds are made up to live here if we can, or die here if we must; so every attempt to remove us will be, as it ought to be, labor lost. Here we are, and here we shall remain.”
The North Star, 26 January 1849. On the proposal to colonize Liberia.
“The story of our inferiority is an old dodge, as I have said; for wherever men oppress their fellows, wherever they enslave them, they will endeavor to find the needed apology for such enslavement and oppression in the character of the people oppressed and enslaved.”
Speech at annual meeting of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Boston, Mass., April 1865
“The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe. Though he does not represent the present state, he represents the future state. If he does not represent what we are, he represents what we ought to be.”
Speech to National Free Soil Convention, Pittsburgh, Pa., 11 August 1852
“The relation subsisting between the white and colored people of this country is the great, paramount, imperative, and all-commanding question for this age and nation to solve.”
Speech at the Church of the Puritans, New York, N.Y., May 1863
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFrederick Douglass
Born: February 14, 1817
Died: February 20, 1895 (aged 78)
Occupation: Author, abolitionist, editor, diplomat
Bio: Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.