Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

An address on West India Emancipation, 1857


The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

Speech on the twenty-third anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1885)

 

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

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

 

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass