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24 Frederick Douglass Quotes on Education

Frederick Douglass was a great African-American abolitionist lived during a time when slavery was rampant in the United States. He was a popular writer and a statesman.

Despite facing challenges as a slave, he managed to escape and became an influential activist. His powerful writings and speeches inspired people to support him for the end of slavery.

Born into slavery in the 19th century, Douglass understood firsthand the value of knowledge and its potential to liberate individuals from societal constraints. Through education, Douglass recognized the inherent humanity and equality of all individuals.

Douglass understood that education opened minds and empowered individuals to challenge their circumstances. Once a person gains knowledge, they become aware of their rights and dignity, rendering them unfit to be subjected to slavery.

In this article, we will look into 24 of Frederick Douglass most powerful quotes on education.

Best Frederick Douglass Quotes on Education

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”


“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

“Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth.”

“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.”


“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

“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.”

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”


“The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers.”

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

“To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one.”

“Intelligence is a great leveler here as elsewhere”


“A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground.”

“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.”

“A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”


“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

“I have observed this in my experience of slavery, that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free.”

“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 would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”


“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”


“The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege.”

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

“Some know the value of education by having it. I know its value by not having it.”

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