Harriet Tubman quotes

Born
Araminta Ross c. 1822 Dorchester County, Maryland, United States.

Died
March 10, 1913.

Occupation
Civil War Nurse, Suffragist, Civil Rights activist.

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends.

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 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

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

You’ll be free or die!
– 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

‘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

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

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

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

I can’t die but once.
– 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 had two sisters carried away in a chain-gang – one of them left two children. We were always uneasy.
– Harriet Tubman

‘Pears like I prayed all the time, ’bout my work, everywhere, I prayed an’ groaned to the Lord.
– Harriet Tubman

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

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.
– 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

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

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 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

Never wound a snake; kill it.
– Harriet Tubman

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 de real thing, and I don’t want to see it on no stage or in no theater.
– Harriet Tubman