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.
I am at peace with God and all mankind.
I would have been able to free a thousand more slaves if I could only have convinced them that they were slaves.
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.
I started with this idea in my head, “There’s two things I’ve got a right to, death or liberty.”
I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.
Quakers almost as good as colored. They call themselves friends and you can trust them every time.
I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.
I can’t die but once.
Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy.
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.
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.
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.
Pears like I prayed all the time, ’bout my work, everywhere, I prayed an’ groaned to the Lord.
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.
Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to You and You’ve got to see me through.
Never wound a snake; kill it.
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.
If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.
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.
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.