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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Slavery Quotes

The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege. (1.1)

Education Quotes

After apologizing for his ignorance, and reminding the audience that slavery was a poor school for the human intellect and heart, he proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a s...

Family Quotes

Never having enjoyed, to any considerable extent, her soothing presence, her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of her death with the much the same emotions I should have probably fel...

Suffering Quotes

I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness. It is impossible to co...

Visions of America Quotes

"No Compromise With Slavery! No Union With Slaveholders!" (Preface.13)

Friendship Quotes

It is impossible for me to describe my feelings as the time of my contemplated start drew near. I had a number of warmhearted friends in Baltimore,--friends that I loved almost as I did my life,--a...

Religion Quotes

You are loosed from your moorings, and are free; I am fast in my chains, and am a slave! You move merrily before the gentle gale, and I sadly before the bloody whip! You are freedom's swift-winged...

Truth Quotes

I may be deemed superstitious, and even egotistical, in regarding this event as a special interposition of divine Providence in my favor. But I should be false to the earliest sentiments of my soul...
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