Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was an American citizen, abolitionist, and preacher. He was born into slavery, yet later escaped. Douglass went on to preach & advocate for abolition & justice for the African American community.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.
I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial, and hypocritical Christianity of this land.