"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Frederick Douglass on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Frederick Douglass on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Frederick Douglass on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Frederick Douglass on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Frederick Douglass on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."
"One and God make a majority."