“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 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 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
"The Lord who told me to take care of my people meant me to do it just as long as I live, and so I did what he told me." ~ 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 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 over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven." ~ Harriet Tubman
"I started with this idea in my head, "There's two things I've got a right to, death or liberty." ~ 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." ~ Harriet Tubman
"I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger." ~ 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 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
"I grew up like a neglected weed, ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented: every time I saw a white man I was afraid of being carried away." ~ 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
"Quakers almost as good as colored. They call themselves friends and you can trust them every time." ~ 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 grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it." ~ Harriet Tubman
"I was the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad." ~ 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 knew of a man who was sent to the State Prison for twenty-five years. All these years he was always thinking of his home, and counting by years, months, and days, the time till he should be free, and see his family and friends once more." ~ Harriet Tubman
"Pears like I prayed all the time, 'bout my work, everywhere, I prayed an' groaned to the Lord." ~ 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
“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
“When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything.” ― 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
“I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.” ― Harriet Tubman
“If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.” ― 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 now man should take me alive.” ― Harriet Tubman
“God's time is always near. He gave me my strength and he set the North Star in the heavens; He meant I should be free.” ― 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
“Some people say i would rather be pushin a ford than driving a chevy, em too i love a good workout.” ― Harriet Tubman
“Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the starts to change the world.” ― Harriet Tubman
“I never run my train off the track and never lost a passenger.” ― 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."
“Now, Missus, don't you think this ole head that done the navigation’ down in Egypt can do the navigatin' up here in New York?"
"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!’”
"I had my jubilee three years ago. I rejoiced all I could then; I can't rejoice no more."
"I just removed my father's trial to a higher court, and brought him off to Canada."
“No, sir; the Lord's never mistaken! Anyhow I'm going to sit here till I get it.”
"I often think, Missus, of things I wish I had told you before you wrote the book.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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.”
“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.”
"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.”
“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."
“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.”
“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."
"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."
"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.”
“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.”
“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. “
“God won’t let Master Lincoln beat the South until he does right thing.”
“Oh, Lord! You’ve been with me in six troubles, don’t desert me in the seventh!”
“..and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that's what I've always prayed for ever since."
“I said to the Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to you, and I know you will see me through.”
“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.”
“There was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”
“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.”
“We would rather stay in our native land, if we could be as free there as we are here.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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
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