Below is a comprehensive list of Frederick Douglass quotes:
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
“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.”
“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”
“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.”
“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.”
“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”
“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
“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.”
“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”
“Some know the value of education by having it. I know it’s value by not having it.”
“A smile or a tear has not 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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