“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground”

Utterly unconnected with any meeting I may or may not have just had with someone.

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. 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. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate 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.”

From one Mr Frederick Douglass, 1857

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2 Responses to “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground”

  1. Tim Kastelle says:

    That’s a brilliant quote – thanks for sharing it! I suspect it will show up in a post of mine the near future…

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