Harriet Tubman, née Araminta Ross, was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland, U.S.A. She passed away in Auburn, New York, on March 10, 1913. Harriet Tubman was an American bondwoman who escaped from slavery in the South. She then became a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. Hundreds of bondsmen were led to freedom by her, in the North along the Underground Railroad route – a long, secret network of houses that were safe to stay in, for this purpose.

Araminta Ross was born as a slave so she adopted her mother’s first name Harriet later on. As she was born in a slave family, from early childhood she worked variously as a cook, nurse, maid, field hand and even as a woodcutter. Harriet was also beaten, and constantly ill. It was due to the poor conditions surrounding her. Yet, she knew she was destined for something great – her determination to escape slavery and also taking others with her on the way to freedom.

Harriet, by being a great leader who was selfless in helping others, achieved greatness in the world. She also restored faith among the people who were enslaved. Tubman also worked as a spy alongside the Union Army during the Civil War.

As a very highly venerated American icon in history, her words may help you find the inner leader within you.

It’s time to unleash the leader in you and become fearless with these 12 quotes from Harriet Tubman.

1. “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.”
2. “I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.”

3. “It wasn’t me, it was 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.”
4. “And I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since.”
5. “I can’t die but once.”

Today is Harriet Tubman Day, recognizing when the abolitionist, humanitarian and Underground Railroad conductor passed away in 1913.

Posted by Teaching Tolerance on Friday, March 10, 2017

6. “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
7. “Slavery is the next thing to hell.”
8. “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.”

9. “Never wound a snake; kill it.”
10. “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.”

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11. “Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
12. “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.”