I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.
People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.