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.
Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
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 freedom and 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.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
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.
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
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.