Harriet Tubman quotes

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I started with this idea in my head, There’s two things I’ve got a right to, death or liberty. Harriet Tubman quotes

Never wound a snake; kill it. Harriet Tubman

To be sure, deep slumbers settle down upon them as soon as they are seated, which continue undisturbed till the congregation is dismissed; but they have done their best, and who can doubt that they receive a blessing. Harriet Tubman

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world. Harriet Tubman

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. Harriet Tubman

I grew up like a neglected weed — ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented… Harriet Tubman

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger. Harriet Tubman

If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going. Harriet Tubman

I go to prepare a place for you

I never see such a sight…one woman brought two pigs, a white one and a black one; we took ‘em all on board, named the white pig Beauregard and the black pig Jeff Davis. Harriet Tubman

Every time I saw a white man I was afraid of being carried away. Harriet Tubman

Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to You and You’ve got to see me through. Harriet Tubman

Twant me, ’twas the Lord. I always told him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me,’ and He always did. Harriet Tubman

I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could. Harriet Tubman

Oh no, Missus; he does it for conscience; we was taught to do so down South. He says if he denies himself for the sufferings of his Lord an’ Master, Jesus will sustain him. Harriet Tubman

Why, der language down dar in de far South is jus’ as different from ours in Maryland, as you can think. Dey laughed when dey heard me talk, an’ I could not understand ‘dem, no how. Harriet Tubman

I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was on of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive. Harriet Tubman

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more. Harriet Tubman

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me. Harriet Tubman

In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line. Harriet Tubman

As I lay so sick on my bed, from Christmas till March, I was always praying for poor ole master. ‘Pears like I didn’t do nothing but pray for ole master. ‘Oh, Lord, convert ole master;’ ‘Oh, dear Lord, change dat man’s heart, and make him a Christian.’ Harriet Tubman

I am at peace with God and all mankind. Harriet Tubman to Mary Talbert on the occasion of their last visit 1913

I have heard their groans and sighs, and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them. Harriet Tubman

Twasn’t me, ’twas the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ an’ He always did. Harriet Tubman

I ask of my Heavenly Father, that when the last trump sounds, and my name is called, I may stand close by your side, to answer to the call. Harriet Tubman

Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave. Harriet Tubman

I think there’s many a slaveholder’ll get to Heaven. They don’t know no better. They acts up to the light they have. Harriet Tubman

I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land. Harriet Tubman

There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would take the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength lasted. Harriet Tubman

We would rather stay in our native land, if we could be as free there as we are here. Harriet Tubman

Now I’ve been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave. Harriet Tubman

I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heaven. Harriet Tubman

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. Harriet Tubman

I would make a home for them in the North, and the Lord helping me, I would bring them all here. Harriet Tubman

I paid a lawyer $5 to look up the will of my mother’s first master. He looked back sixty years, and said it was time to give up. I told him to go back further. Harriet Tubman

Quakers almost as good as colored. They call themselves friends and you can trust them every time. Harriet Tubman

I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. Harriet Tubman

I think there’s many a slaveholder’ll get to Heaven. They don’t know better. They acts up to the light they have. Harriet Tubman

Appears like my heart go flutter, flutter, and then they may say ‘Peace, Peace,’ as much as they likes, I know it’s going to be war! Harriet Tubman

For no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me. Harriet Tubman

In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how. I always fell before I got to the line. Harriet Tubman

I’m going to Mr. ——’s office, and I ain’t going to leave there, and I ain’t going to eat or drink till I get enough money to take me down after the old people. Harriet Tubman

God’s time is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free. Harriet Tubman

I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger. Harriet Tubman

My home, after all, was down in Maryland, because my father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were there.  But I was free, and they should be free. Harriet Tubman

My people are free! Harriet Tubman

I would have been able to free a thousand more slaves if I could only have convinced them that they were slaves. Harriet Tubman

Most of those coming from the mainland are very destitute, almost naked. I am trying to find places for those able to work, and provide for them as best I can, so as to lighten the burden on the Government as much as possible, while at the same time they learn to respect themselves by earning their own living. Harriet Tubman

I said to the Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to you, and I know you will see me through. Harriet Tubman

‘Pears like my heart go flutter, flutter, and then they may say, ‘Peace, Peace,’ as much as they likes – I know it’s goin’ to be war! Harriet Tubman

There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would have the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for my liberty as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me. Harriet Tubman

I can’t die but once. Harriet Tubman

..and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since. Harriet Tubman

After that [the Fugitive Slave Act], I wouldn’t trust Uncle Sam with my people no longer, but I brought ’em all clear off to Canada. Harriet Tubman

Read my letter to the old folks, and give my love to them, and tell my brothers to be always watching unto prayer, and when the good old ship of Zion comes along, to be ready to step aboard. Harriet Tubman

Some people say i would rather be pushin a ford than driving a chevy, em too i love a good workout. Harriet Tubman

Quoting Stokely Carmichael (1941-1998) US civil rights leader We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy. Harriet Tubman

I was conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger. Harriet Tubman

I never had anything good, no sweet, no sugar; and that sugar, right by me, did look so nice, and my mistress’s back was turned to me while she was fighting with her husband, so I just put my fingers in the sugar bowl to take one lump, and maybe she heard me, for she turned and saw me. The next minute, she had the rawhide down. Harriet Tubman

If you hear the dogs, keep going, if you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going. Harriet Tubman

We saw the lightning and that was the guns and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped. Harriet Tubman

Oh, Lord! You’ve been with me in six troubles, don’t desert me in the seventh! Harriet Tubman

I never run my train off the track and never lost a passenger. Harriet Tubman, Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People

What did you say to me this morning? You said ‘We hadn’t got nothing to eat in the house and what did I say to you? I said ‘I’ve got a rich Father! Harriet Tubman

God won’t let Master Lincoln beat the South until he does right thing. Harriet Tubman

Master Lincoln, he’s a great man, and I’m a poor Negro but this Negro can tell Master Lincoln how to save money and young men. Harriet Tubman

The white ladies and gentlemen gathered round him, till I couldn’t see Joe for the crowd, only I heard his voice singing, ‘Glory to God and Jesus too,’ louder than ever. Harriet Tubman

Suppose there was an awful big snake down there on the floor. He bites you. Folks all scared, because you may die. You send for doctor to cut the bite; but the snake rolled up there, and while doctor is doing it, he bites you again. The doctor cuts out that bite; but while he’s doing it, the snake springs up and bites you again, and so he keeps doing it, till you kill him. That’s what Master Lincoln ought to know. Harriet Tubman

We’re rooted here, and they can’t pull us up. Harriet Tubman

I had crossed de line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but dere was no one to welcome me to de land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in de old cabin quarter, wid de ole folks, and my brudders and sisters. But to dis solemn resolution I came; I was free, and dey should be free also; I would make a home for dem in de North, and de Lord helping me, I would bring dem all dere. Harriet Tubman

From Christmas till March I worked as I could, and I prayed through all the long nights—I groaned and prayed for ole master: ‘Oh Lord, convert master!’ ‘Oh Lord, change dat man’s heart!’ ‘Pears like I prayed all the time. Harriet Tubman

I said to de Lord, ‘I’m goin’ to hold steady on to you, an’ I know you’ll see me through.’ Harriet Tubman

I link dar’s many a slaveholder’ll git to Heaven. Dey don’t know no better. Dey acts up to de light dey hab. Harriet Tubman

I ain’t got no heart to go and see the sufferings of my people played on the stage. I’ve heard ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe’s pen hasn’t begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I’ve seen the real thing, and I don’t want to see it on no stage or in no theater. Harriet Tubman

I had two sisters carried away in a chain-gang – one of them left two children. We were always uneasy. Harriet Tubman

We was the fools, and the was the wise men; but we wasn’t fools enough to go down the high road in the broad daylight. Harriet Tubman

Why, the language down there in the far South is just as different from ours in Maryland as you think. They laughed when they heard me talk and I couldn’t understand them no how. Harriet Tubman

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