Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass, [Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era

Frederick Douglass Quote

“Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
~ Frederick Douglass

August 4, 1857

Ratings and Comments

Logan, Memphis, TN

Obviously, America hasn't reached her threshold of pain yet. Too many sheeple with the ability to vote.

Steve Hambling, Ottawa, Canada

Hits the nail on the head

Me Again
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Me Again    11/10/06

The words of this quote are true.What more can I say?

Mike, Norwalk

aahhh yes, back to the quote of a few days ago, steps and slippery slopes. And, Logan you're right, the sheeple's pain threshold is great, especially when the shepherds keep telling their flock the pain their feeling is good, it's the pangs of freedom, and that the sheeple just need more of the same.

Mike, Mount Holly, NC

Our enduance of tyranny is obviously very high. As long as the powers that be continue to provide "bread and circuses" we won't rock the boat. The scary thing is that one day it will be too late. That will be the day when we are finally convinced to give up our arms. Those who will fight then will be few and easy to overcome. "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." Winston Churchill

Joe, Rochester, MI

Many people have had enough. Words aren't working on elected officials. I'm afraid it may soon come to blows.

Mike, Mount Holly, NC


Ken, Allyn, WA

You are right about the bread and circuses, Mike. See if this sounds familiar: "...Augustus won over the soldiers with gifts, the populace with cheap corn, and all men with the sweets of repose, and so grew greater by degrees, while he concentrated in himself the functions of the Senate, the magistrates, and the laws. He was wholly unopposed, for the boldest spirits had fallen in battle, or in the proscription, while the remaining nobles, the readier they were to be slaves, were raised the higher by wealth and promotion, so that, aggrandised by revolution, they preferred the safety of the present to the dangerous past. Nor did the provinces dislike that condition of affairs, for they distrusted the government of the Senate and the people, because of the rivalries between the leading men and the rapacity of the officials, while the protection of the laws was unavailing, as they were continually deranged by violence, intrigue, and finally by corruption." --The Annals of Tacitus (109 A.D)

E Archer, NYC

Logan is right. America is kept comfortable with 100 TV stations, easy credit (everybody is in debt), and a myriad of entertaining distrations to keep us 'occupied.' Little do we realize that a very large portion of our federal debt is held by Arab and Chinese creditors...

Mike, Mount Holly, NC

,,, and the taxpayers (read slaves to the State) are the guarantors of that debt.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

And it appears that the limits have been reached (according to the results of the 2006.11.07 elections)...

Mike, Norwalk

LOL!!! Anonymous, 11.07 only showed that the fascist neocons were having a hard time advancing their brand of liberty destruction. What is really needed to further liberty's destruction is more taxes, bigger government and an extra dose of socialist liberalism to level out tyranny's playing field. "and these will continue until they are resisted" then the pendulum will swing so we can get some more neocon tyranny.

David L. Rosenthal

Just a side note: The name of one of the most cruel white overseers of the slaves, mentioned in chapter 3 or 4 of Douglass' autobiography, is named Mr. Gore. Any relation?

Byron, Fort Collins

"Obviously, America hasn't reached her threshold of pain yet." It'll be a while. I still see too many bleached blondes in SUVs... Now, I've got to read Frederick Douglass's autobiography. Thank you for pointing that out, David L. Rosenthal!

Byron, Fort Collins

Mike, when I went to that site, I got, "Sorry, the requested page or file cannot be found." Perhaps the server was down...

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Robken    9/20/11

Perfect! and the tipping point is coming soon! People are blinded by their ignorance (philosophical and political), by their apathy, their greed, and by their cowardice to become active and critical of their government. They think its patriotic to wave the flag, go to church on Sundays, hang out at the water cooler, watch Faux news and ESPN, and endlessly cheer on illegal war after illegal war. The real patriots are those who are critical of authority, and question anything their government tells them. Now I hear that the military will back the tea Party members - my god what the hell is happening to America. You you don't act now and get off your butts and fight the present system it will be to late - there are many sites that will inform you how you can fight the system - start doing your home work. Start gathering your friends around you and make plans for the hard times ahead - cells of independent thinking groups will survive the coming economic and social breakdown.

jim k, Austin, Tx

Robken, well said and this quote is perfect.It fits the current bunch in Washington to a tee, and several bunches before.

J Carlton, Calgary

Hey Congress! tic tic tic tic... ;)

David, Mannington, NJ

Mike and Byron, I believe the url is -and worth reading to help slow the bleeding liberties.

Ronw13, Yachats OR

Next to Affidavits of Revocation and Secession, stands the Convention of States, according to Article V. of the U.S. Constitution. The Civilian Army, uniting within a civilized recourse, revolution if you will, Within Legal realms. Exhaust all peaceable options ! We the People have a voice, and the vehicle needed. Then to find which, upcoming, want-a-be leader, will take the stand to abolish socialism at the local, state and federal levels. Conservative views are sacred to True Patriots of individual and state sovereignty. Fighting the system ? Just stand independent. without compromise ! And Trust our Creator, say and do those things pleasing to him, love thy neighbor, protect his unalienable rights, in doing so, you protect you own. Cream rises to the top. obeying natural law. Needs are met according to desire. If the desire is great enough, the need is met, but always in due season.


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