"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Frederick Douglass on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Frederick Douglass on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Frederick Douglass on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Frederick Douglass on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Frederick Douglass on Booker T. Washington
"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."