Harriet Tubman quotes. Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who served as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War, guiding slaves to freedom. She was also a nurse, a union spy and a women’s suffrage supporter.
When Harriet was 12 years old, she witnessed an overseer prepare to hurl a large weight at a fugitive, which ignited her passion for justice.
When Harriet moved to put herself between the overseer and the enslaved person, the weight fell on her head. Because of her kind deed, Harriet suffered from headaches and narcolepsy for the rest of her life.
Harriet persisted and traveled 90 miles north to Pennsylvania and freedom with the aid of the Underground Railroad. She also desired independence for her friends and family. Harriet developed her own Underground Railroad network and made friends with other abolitionists throughout the course of the following ten years, including Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, and Martha Coffin Wright.
Harriet found new ways to fight slavery during the civil war that broke in 1861 though she was an illiterate and stood to give speeches in support of women’s suffrage campaign aided by Susan B. Anthony.
As a philantropist, Harriet operated a house for elderly and indigent colored people and had an open door policy for anyone in need which were funded by her finances from her farm produce and donations from friends.
The SS Harriet Tubman, a World War II Liberty ship, was even named in Tubman’s honor. Her legacy endures.Her narrative has been retold in novels, movies, and documentaries. Schools and museums bear her name. As one of the most well-known figures in American history, Tubman’s legacy has served as an inspiration to innumerable people from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.
This article seeks to inspire individuals accomplish their set goals through bravery and wisdom notwithstanding the detrimental environment surrounding them through a compiled list of best inspirational quotes about Harriet Tubman.
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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.
We would rather stay in our native land, if we could be as free there as we are here.
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.”
Slavery is the next thing to hell.
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.
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.
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 would make a home for them in the North, and the Lord helping me, I would bring them all here.
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.
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; the sun came like gold through trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.
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.
“..and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since.”
Oh, Lord! You’ve been with me in six troubles, don’t desert me in the seventh!
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’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.
There was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”
I said to the Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to you, and I know you will see me through.”
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.”
God won’t let Master Lincoln beat the South until he does right thing.
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.
My people are free!
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.
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 just removed my father’s trial to a higher court, and brought him off to Canada.
I had my jubilee three years ago. I rejoiced all I could then; I can’t rejoice no more.
I go to prepare a place for you.
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?
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!
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