Harriet Tubman was a leading abolitionist known to successfully fight against slavery. She was born to slave parents and had faced oppression as a teenager. She also faced physical violence all through her adolescence and the most hurting one was when she was hit on the head with a two-pound weight. These physical scars remained life-long and she suffered from various narcoleptic problems. These hardships motivated her to escape away from slavery to Philadelphia, and she crossed the underground rail system which was 90 miles long on foot. This success encouraged her to free her family members and she guided 60 of her close people to freedom. She guided the refugees by singing ‘Go Down Moses’; these efforts got her the pseudonym ‘Moses’. She further met the great abolitionist John Brown and immediately joined him in his efforts to abolish slavery. She served various roles including that of a spy during the Civil War which helped in liberating a huge number of slaves. Her significant contributions in abolishing slavery were acknowledged posthumously by the government and she replaced Andrew Jackson portrait on a $20 bill. We have curated famous quotes and thoughts by Harriet Tubman from her work, speeches and life. Read on the compilation of quotations and sayings by Harriet Tubman which are sure to inspire and motivate you.
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.