I knew that however bad the Republican party was, the Democratic party was much worse. The elements of which the Republican party was composed gave better ground for the ultimate hope of the success of the colored mans cause than those of the Democratic party.
One and God make a majority.
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.
Topics: Poverty, Society, Justice, Oppression
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Topics: Action, Diplomacy, Progress
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.
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 know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored mans political hopes and the ark of his safety.
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 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.
He who would be free must strike the first blow.
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
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