"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Frederick Douglass on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Frederick Douglass on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Frederick Douglass on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Frederick Douglass on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."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."
"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."