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Dreams are the touchstones of our character. - Henry David Thoreau
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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. - Frederick Douglass
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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman
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I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. - Henry David Thoreau
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The language of friendship is not words but meanings. - Henry David Thoreau
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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. - Henry David Thoreau
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All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers. - Henry David Thoreau
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. - Henry David Thoreau
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me. - Frederick Douglass
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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. - Frederick Douglass
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A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him. - Frederick Douglass
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America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. - Frederick Douglass
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At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. - Frederick Douglass
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out. - Frederick Douglass
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave. - Frederick Douglass
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I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted. - Frederick Douglass
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I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. - Frederick Douglass
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety. - Frederick Douglass
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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - Frederick Douglass
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. - Frederick Douglass
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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One and God make a majority. - Frederick Douglass
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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. - Frederick Douglass
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Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. - Frederick Douglass
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Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work. - Frederick Douglass
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The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. - Frederick Douglass
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The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. - Frederick Douglass
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The soul that is within me no man can degrade. - Frederick Douglass
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The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. - Frederick Douglass
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The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. - Frederick Douglass
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Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. - Frederick Douglass
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To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. - Frederick Douglass
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We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. - Frederick Douglass
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What to the Slave is the 4th of July. - Frederick Douglass
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When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind. - Frederick Douglass
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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. - Frederick Douglass
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Without a struggle, there can be no progress. - Frederick Douglass
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Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. - Henry David Thoreau
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All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man. - Henry David Thoreau
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Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it. - Henry David Thoreau
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A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. - Henry David Thoreau
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A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. - Henry David Thoreau
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A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town. - Henry David Thoreau
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A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. - Henry David Thoreau
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After the first blush of sin comes its indifference. - Henry David Thoreau
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