"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what 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 till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."
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Frederick Douglass
[Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era
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True, and the tyrants are pushing their injustice pretty damn hard today aren't they?
 -- Anon     
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    Of course he was talking about slavery primarily and so are the othes quoted today, the slavery imposed by the rich and wealthy. The slavery of caste etcetera. The people hanging together via their various governments are the only way to maintain a balance of power. Our forefathers came to this country to escape the power of church, European caste systems based on nobility rather then merit etc. Let us not revert to that old system but stay vigilant to protect all of our God given rithts.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    This quote was about "POWER" not ONE of its forms: slavery!
     -- AL, DC     
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    I agree Al.
     -- M.Brown, Florida     
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    "... all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." (Declaration of Independence)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I agree with AL.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    I wish I could give this quote 100 stars. This is absolutely golden. "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress." Another reason that the solution to our ills lies simply with taking a personal stand against them. "I'm mad as hell, and I am not going to take it any more!"
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Frederick Douglass was a freed slave. He obviously knew something suppression and subjegation by others.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Frederick Douglass was an ESCAPED slave -- he was not 'freed' by any one. There is a difference, and Douglass makes the distinction above.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    This quote is precious -- I'm going to send this to all the people I know --- Amen! "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."
     -- Shorty, GA     
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    A fact of reality, " When liberty and freedom must be bought at the price of gold and silver, then one comes to understand Tyranny rules your household." this the state of affairs for 153 years. The ongoing siege of our Republicanism and the sake of that which " good is." Douglass, Just another slave allowed to walk freely without liberty.
     -- Ronw13, 0regon     
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    Tho' he was more than likely speaking of the oppression of slavery...that applies to every people who, by force, subjection, deliberate starvation or genocide, have been enslaved. One reason so many are fighting tooth and nail against gun control. Tyrants are sensitive to arms in the hands of the people...Unarmed people are subjects, armed people are citizens.
    One of the first things given to freed black slaves was a firearm.
     -- Denise, Durango     
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