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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.
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One and God make a majority.

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.

The ground which a colored man occupies in this country is, every inch of it, sternly disputed.
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The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
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The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
[The Past]

What to the Slave is the 4th of July.

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.

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.
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Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

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