Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
Frederick Douglas

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Frederick Douglas

When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Frederick Douglas

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 Douglas

What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July I answer A day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustices and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham.
Frederick Douglas

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. . . .If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
Frederick Douglas

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
Frederick Douglas

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

It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though perhaps a meretricious, effect.
Frederick Douglas

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

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 Douglas

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to opress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Frederick Douglas

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglas