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Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.
Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
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.
One and God make a majority.
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,…
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
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…
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man’s political hopes and the ark of his safety.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
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