Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Important Quotations Explained
having enjoyed, to any considerable extent, her soothing presence,
her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of [my mother’s]
death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at
the death of a stranger.
did not, when a slave, understand the deep meaning of those rude
and apparently incoherent songs. I was myself within the circle;
so that I neither saw nor heard as those without might see and hear.
I was saddened by the thought of losing the aid of my kind mistress,
I was gladdened by the invaluable instruction which, by the merest
accident, I had gained from my master.
natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition
to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye
died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a
man transformed into a brute!
coming to a fixed determination to run away, we did more than Patrick
Henry, when he resolved upon liberty or death.