The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle…. if there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Those who profess to the favor of freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
This struggle may be a mortal one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand.
Find out just what any 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 are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those they oppress.
~ Frederick Douglass