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Frederick Douglass

US abolitionist (1817 - 1895)

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet renounce controversy are people who want crops without ploughing the ground.

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Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without planting up the ground. They want rain without thunder or lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may not be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.

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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

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The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

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Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

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Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to opress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

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You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

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