Chief Joseph Quotes


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

I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more. I will tell you in my way how the Indian sees things. The white man has more words to tell you how they look to him, but it does not require many words to speak the truth. Chief Joseph

Good words will not give my people good health and stop them from dying. Good words will not get my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and broken promises. Chief Joseph

We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that. We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth, but we never quarrel about the Great Spirit. We do not want to learn that. Chief Joseph

The eye tells what the tongue would hide. Chief Joseph

Look twice at a two-faced man. Chief Joseph

Cursed be he that scalps the reputation of the dead. Chief Joseph

Big name often stands on small legs. Chief Joseph

Finest fur may cover toughest meat. Chief Joseph

We ask only that the law shall work alike on all men. Chief Joseph

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

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

I will speak with a straight tongue. Chief Joseph

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

I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed. Chief Joseph

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

We ask to be recognized as men. Chief Joseph

Words do not pay for my dead people. Chief Joseph

My people were divided about surrendering. Chief Joseph

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



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