frederick-douglass-quoteIt seems as though a few prominent people don’t really know who Frederick Douglass is, which is a shame as he truly was a remarkable American who achieved great deeds during his life from 1818 to 1895.

After escaping slavery at the age of 20, Douglass went on to become a powerful and persuasive author and speaker who made a significant contribution to the eventual abolition of slavery.  Describing racism as the result of a “diseased imagination,” he had a wonderful way with words that still resonates today.

Here are my 9 favourite quotes from Frederick Douglass:

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

It is easier to build strong children, than repair broken men.

I prayed for 20 years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

One and God make a majority.

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

Man’s greatness exists in his ability to do, and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.

Be not discouraged.  There is a future for you.

and finally this one, which I think is my favourite:

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

Despite his humble beginnings, Frederick Douglass changed the world by bring the storm, the whirlwind and the earthquake.

You can too.