Frederick Douglass February 1818 – February 20, 1895
"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."
"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."
"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck."
"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."
"The soul that is within me no man can degrade."
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