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We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.

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We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.

Frederick Douglass

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.

Frederick Douglass

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.

Frederick Douglass

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Frederick Douglass

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

Frederick Douglass

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.

Frederick Douglass

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

Frederick Douglass

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.

Frederick Douglass

One and God make a majority.

Frederick Douglass

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.

Frederick Douglass

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

Frederick Douglass

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

Frederick Douglass

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

Frederick Douglass

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

Frederick Douglass