08 October 2008

Quotable Quotes - Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass - July 4, 1852

"Oh! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation's ear, I would today pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. 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 . . . ."

1 comment:

zbicyclist said...

This is a great quote from a man who definitely had some fire in his belly.