Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
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, to appreciate it.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
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.
Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
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.
I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.