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.
Quote by Chief Joseph
Chief Joseph Quotes
It required a strong heart to stand up against such talk, but I urged my...
All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.
We gathered all the stock we could find, and made an attempt to move. We...
A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal.
Words do not pay for my dead people.
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live...
I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the...
My people were divided about surrendering.
My father... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
I saw that the war could not be prevented. The time had passed.
I want the white people to understand my people.
From where the sun now stands I will fight no more.
War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.
I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.
My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.
I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed.
I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men...
For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. White men had...
The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights...
You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to...