„I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.“

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Harriet Tubman
1820 - 1913
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„I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory over everything, de sun came like gold trou de trees, and over de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.“

— Harriet Tubman African-American abolitionist and humanitarian 1820 - 1913
Context: I had crossed de line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but dere was no one to welcome me to de land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in de old cabin quarter, wid de ole folks, and my brudders and sisters. But to dis solemn resolution I came; I was free, and dey should be free also; I would make a home for dem in de North, and de Lord helping me, I would bring dem all dere. Context: 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. The years roll on, the time of imprisonment is over, the man is free. He leaves the prison gates, he makes his way to his old home, but his old home is not there. The house in which he had dwelt in his childhood had been torn down, and a new one had been put up in its place; his family were gone, their very name was forgotten, there was no one to take him by the hand to welcome him back to life. So it was wid me. I had crossed de line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but dere was no one to welcome me to de land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in de old cabin quarter, wid de ole folks, and my brudders and sisters. But to dis solemn resolution I came; I was free, and dey should be free also; I would make a home for dem in de North, and de Lord helping me, I would bring dem all dere. Oh, how I prayed den, lying all alone on de cold, damp ground; 'Oh, dear Lord,' I said, 'I haint got no friend but you. Come to my help, Lord, for I'm in trouble! Modernized rendition: So it was with me. I had crossed the line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in the old cabin quarter, with the old folks, and my brothers and sisters. But to this solemn resolution I came; I was free, and they should be free also; I would make a home for them in the North, and the Lord helping me, I would bring them all there. Oh, how I prayed then, lying all alone on the cold damp ground; 'Oh, dear Lord', I said. I haven't got no friend but you. Come to my help Lord, for I'm in trouble! On realizing that she had passed out of the slavery states into the northern states Modernized rendition: 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 over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.

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„See — I have taken England with both my hands.“

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Remark after he stepped off his ship on the coast of England and fell into the sand (28 September, 1066), as quoted in LIFE magazine, Vol. 40, No. 13 (26 March 1956), p. 85 <!-- also cited to Historical Series. Select portions taken from the best English Historical Writers (1862) by Hermann Schuetz, Characterbilder aus der Englischen Geschichte, etc. 3 series p. 110 -->

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„May I look on thee when my last hour comes; may I hold thy hand, as I sink, in my dying clasp.“

—  Tibullus poet and writer (0054-0019) -5 - -19 a.C.
Bk. 1, no. 1, line 59. Variant translation: May I be looking at you when my last hour has come, and dying may I hold you with my weakening hand.

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„I would tell them of my own intention to keep my counsel... and I will venture to recommend them, as an old Parliamentary hand, to do the same.“

— William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898
Speech https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1886/jan/21/first-eight in the House of Commons (21 January 1886).

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