Frederick Douglass Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Frederick Douglass quotes, Frederick Douglass sayings, and Frederick Douglass proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

Frederick Douglass

If there is no Struggle, there is no progress.     

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.?     

Frederick Douglass

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

In all the relations of life and death, we are met by the color line.     

Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

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

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.     

Frederick Douglass

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.     

Frederick Douglass

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.     

Frederick Douglass

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.     

Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.     

Frederick Douglass

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.     

Frederick Douglass

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

Frederick Douglass

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

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.     

Frederick Douglass