I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer

The day will come when you will trust you more than you do now, and you will trust me more than you do now. And we can trust each other. ... I really do believe that we can all become better than we are. I know we can. But the price is enormous – and people are not yet willing to pay it. - James Baldwin

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Power Concedes Nothing

This is from a speech given by Frederick Douglass Aug 3, 1857 at Canandaigua, New York to celebrate the anniversary of the West Indian Emancipation .  It is an image of his eyes that grace the top of this page.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till 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.

1 comment:

  1. It's one reason why political leaders should negotiate with their opponents, not with themselves.