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Chief Joseph Quotes and Sayings

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My father...
had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
- Chief Joseph

Related topics: Dad

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

An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.
- Chief Joseph

It does not require many words to speak the truth.
- Chief Joseph

 

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

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

I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth.
- Chief Joseph

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Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal.
This is a great mistake.
- Chief Joseph

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

Words do not pay for my dead people.
- Chief Joseph

I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.
- Chief Joseph

Our people could not talk with these white-faced men,
but they used signs which all people understand.
- Chief Joseph

You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as
any man born free to be contented penned up.
- Chief Joseph

Treat all men alike.
Give them the same law.
Give them an even chance to live and grow.
- Chief Joseph

When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill.
- Chief Joseph

I would have given my own life if I could have undone
the killing of white men by my people.
- Chief Joseph

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

It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good
words and the broken promises.
- Chief Joseph

I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed.
- Chief Joseph

I know that my race must change.
- Chief Joseph

A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal.
- Chief Joseph

I want the white people to understand my people.
- Chief Joseph

We damaged all the big guns we could,
and carried away the powder and the lead.
- Chief Joseph

I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated.
- Chief Joseph

The Indian race are waiting and praying.
- Chief Joseph

General Howard informed me, in a haughty spirit,
that he would give my people 30 days to go back home,
collect all their stock, and move onto the reservation.
- Chief Joseph

I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.
- Chief Joseph

We had a great many horses, of which we gave Lewis
and Clark what they needed,
and they gave us guns and tobacco in return.
- Chief Joseph

I said in my heart that, rather than have war,
I would give up my country.
- Chief Joseph

We ask to be recognized as men.
- Chief Joseph

War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided.
I want no war.
- Chief Joseph

I did not want my people killed.
I did not want bloodshed.
- Chief Joseph

I would give up everything rather than have the blood
of white men upon the hands of my people.
- Chief Joseph

I will speak with a straight tongue.
- Chief Joseph

The earth is the mother of all people,
and all people should have equal rights upon it.
- Chief Joseph

Lawyer acted without authority from our band.
He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
- Chief Joseph

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

I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that
my young men had been secretly buying ammunition.
- Chief Joseph

We gathered all the stock we could find,
and made an attempt to move.
We left many of our horses and cattle in Wallowa.
We lost several hundred in crossing the river.
- Chief Joseph

I saw that the war could not be prevented.
The time had passed.
- Chief Joseph

My people were divided about surrendering.
- Chief Joseph

My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.
- Chief Joseph

From where the sun now stands I will fight no more.
- Chief Joseph

Let me be a free man - free to travel,
free to stop, free to work.
- Chief Joseph

Good words will not give me back my children.
- Chief Joseph

We soon found that the white men were growing rich very fast,
and were greedy.
- Chief Joseph

When my young men began the killing,
my heart was hurt.
- Chief Joseph

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

I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done.
- Chief Joseph

All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief.
They are all brothers.
- Chief Joseph

If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace.
- Chief Joseph

I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women
will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above,
and that all people may be one people.
- Chief Joseph

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

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

I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
- Chief Joseph

The first white men of your people who came to our
country were named Lewis and Clark.
They brought many things that our people had never seen.
They talked straight.
These men were very kind.
- Chief Joseph

Governor Isaac Stevens of the Washington Territory
said there were a great many white people in our country,
and many more would come; that he wanted the land marked
out so that the Indians and the white man could be separated.
- Chief Joseph

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards
than being a father to my children.
- Bill Cosby

It doesn't matter who my father was.
It matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

You don't have to deserve your mother's love.
You have to deserve your father's.
- Robert Frost

I was raised by free-spirited people,
though my father gave me a very strong work ethic.
- Diane Lane

Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother
rather than all major credit cards.
- Robert Orben


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