Inspiring Quotes – Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He was once a slave and after escaping from slavery , he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Here is the collection of  INSPIRING QUOTES which are picked from the Frederick Douglass publication and has inspired me to the roots.

He was a beautiful and thoughtful writer and has described his experiences as a slave in book named “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass“, an American Slave, which became viral and a bestseller. These incredibly inspiring quotes has changed the lives of many and had a revolutionary change on the society and its thought process. He was a living legend and an example that all humans are equal and they should be treated with respect and one can achieve anything, all he needs is a will and determination. All his theories are still applicable as we in this digital era have became a slaves of the internet and machines and to be honest most of us still can’t do things we need. Even today the success comes from the struggle.

Inspiring Quotes By Frederick Douglass From Narrative of the Life’

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

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

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

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

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read, You will be forever free.”

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a Slave.”

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InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

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

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

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

InspIring Quotes By Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Inspiring quotes

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


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


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


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


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


“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.”


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


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


“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.”


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


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


“Fortune may crowd a man’s life with fortunate circumstances and happy opportunities, but they will, as we all know, avail him nothing unless he makes a wise and vigorous use of them.”


“Opportunity is important but exertion is indispensable.”


“We may explain success mainly by one word and that word is WORK! WORK!! WORK!!! WORK!!!!”


“The man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down.”


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