Chief Joseph Quotes

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Chief Joseph quotes: It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises. It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises.
Chief Joseph quotes: The Indian race are waiting and praying. The Indian race are waiting and praying.
Chief Joseph quotes: We gave up some of our country to the white men, thinking that then we could have peace. We were mistaken. The white man would not let us alone. We gave up some of our country to the white men, thinking that then we could have peace. We were mistaken. The white man would not let us alone.
Chief Joseph quotes: The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
Chief Joseph quotes: I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more.
Chief Joseph quotes: I am not a child, I think for myself. No man can think for me. I am not a child, I think for myself. No man can think for me.
Chief Joseph quotes: We do not want churches. They will teach us to quarrel about God. We do not want churches. They will teach us to quarrel about God.
Chief Joseph quotes: A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country. A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country.
Chief Joseph quotes: Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand. Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand.
Chief Joseph quotes: All people should be treated the same way on earth. All people should be treated the same way on earth.
Chief Joseph quotes: I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done. I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done.
Chief Joseph quotes: The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the neasure of our bodies are the same The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the neasure of our bodies are the same
Chief Joseph quotes: The Great Spirit Chief who rules above all will smile upon this land ... and this time the Indian race is waiting and praying. The Great Spirit Chief who rules above all will smile upon this land ... and this time the Indian race is waiting and praying.
Chief Joseph quotes: It required a strong heart to stand up against such talk, but I urged my people to be quiet and not to begin a war. It required a strong heart to stand up against such talk, but I urged my people to be quiet and not to begin a war.
Chief Joseph quotes: Our fathers gave us many laws which they had learned from theirfathers. These laws were good. Our fathers gave us many laws which they had learned from their
fathers. These laws were good.
Chief Joseph quotes: I want the white people to understand my people. I want the white people to understand my people.
Chief Joseph quotes: I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the hands of my people. I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the hands of my people.
Chief Joseph quotes: I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.
Chief Joseph quotes: I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty. I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
Chief Joseph quotes: For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. White men had found gold in the mountains around the land of winding water. For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. White men had found gold in the mountains around the land of winding water.
Chief Joseph quotes: Words do not pay for my dead people. Words do not pay for my dead people.
Chief Joseph quotes: Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
Chief Joseph quotes: Lawyer acted without authority from our band. He had no right to sell the Wallowa country. Lawyer acted without authority from our band. He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
Chief Joseph quotes: When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill. When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill.
Chief Joseph quotes: I did not want my people killed. I did not want bloodshed. I did not want my people killed. I did not want bloodshed.
Chief Joseph quotes: We had good white friends who advised us against taking the war path. My friend and brother, Mr. Chapman, told us just how the war would end. We had good white friends who advised us against taking the war path. My friend and brother, Mr. Chapman, told us just how the war would end.
Chief Joseph quotes: War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war. War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.
Chief Joseph quotes: I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated. I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated.
Chief Joseph quotes: All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.
Chief Joseph quotes: I know that my race must change. I know that my race must change.
Chief Joseph quotes: When my young men began the killing, my heart was hurt. When my young men began the killing, my heart was hurt.
Chief Joseph quotes: You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up. You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
Chief Joseph quotes: From where the sun now stands I will fight no more. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more.
Chief Joseph quotes: I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of white men by my people. I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of white men by my people.
Chief Joseph quotes: The earth is our mother. She should not be disturbed by hoe or plough. We want only to subsist on what she freely gives us. The earth is our mother. She should not be disturbed by hoe or plough. We want only to subsist on what she freely gives us.
Chief Joseph quotes: I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth. I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth.
Chief Joseph quotes: It does not require many words to speak the truth. It does not require many words to speak the truth.
Chief Joseph quotes: An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward. An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.
Chief Joseph quotes: Good words do not last long unless they amount to something. Good words do not last long unless they amount to something.
Chief Joseph quotes: Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake. Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake.
Chief Joseph quotes: We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow! We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow!
Chief Joseph quotes: I said in my heart that, rather than have war, I would give up my country. I said in my heart that, rather than have war, I would give up my country.
Chief Joseph quotes: I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed. I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed.
Chief Joseph quotes: If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace.
Chief Joseph quotes: The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of our cattle. Some branded our young cattle so they could claim them. The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of our cattle. Some branded our young cattle so they could claim them.
Chief Joseph quotes: We did not know there were other people besides the Indian until about one hundred winters ago, when some men with white faces came to our country. We did not know there were other people besides the Indian until about one hundred winters ago, when some men with white faces came to our country.
Chief Joseph quotes: We ask to be recognized as men. We ask to be recognized as men.
Chief Joseph quotes: Big name often stands on small legs. Big name often stands on small legs.
Chief Joseph quotes: Let me be a free man - free to travel, free to stop, free to work. Let me be a free man - free to travel, free to stop, free to work.
Chief Joseph quotes: My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man. My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.
Chief Joseph quotes: My father ... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people. My father ... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
Chief Joseph quotes: I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land. I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.
Chief Joseph quotes: It takes few words to tell the truth. It takes few words to tell the truth.