"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Frederick Douglass on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Frederick Douglass on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Frederick Douglass on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Frederick Douglass on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Frederick Douglass on Winston Churchill
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
"I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress."
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground."
"America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future."
"We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future."