Saturday, February 14, 2009

Believe in yourself . . .

A birthday salute to Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, February 14, 1818 – February 20, 1895), author, statesman, lecturer and reformer. He was known as "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia".

He wrote three autobiographies during his life-time: A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881).

"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck." - Frederick Douglass

"When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind." - Frederick Douglass
"What is possible for me is possible for you." - Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass sought to embody three keys for success in life: The first key is to believe in yourself,  the second key is to take advantage of every opportunity and the third key is to use the power of spoken/written language to effect positive change for yourself and society. (source)

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