Facts about Chief Joseph

Summary

Chief Joseph was a famous Leader, who lived between and September 21, 1904.

Our collection contains 41 quotes who is written / told by Chief, under the main topics: Dad, Men.

Famous quotes by Chief Joseph (41)


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"Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow"
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"All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers"
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"Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand"
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"I did not want my people killed. I did not want bloodshed"
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"I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth"
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"I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more"
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"I am tired of talk that comes to nothing"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Good words will not give me back my children"
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"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"
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"From where the sun now stands I will fight no more"
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"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"
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"An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward"
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"A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal"
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"A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"We damaged all the big guns we could, and carried away the powder and the lead"
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"We ask to be recognized as men"
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"War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war"
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"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"
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"The Indian race are waiting and praying"
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"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"
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"It does not require many words to speak the truth"
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"If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace"
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"I would have given my own life if I could have undone the killing of white men by my people"
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"I would give up everything rather than have the blood of white men upon the hands of my people"
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"I will speak with a straight tongue"
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"I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty"
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"I want the white people to understand my people"
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"I saw that the war could not be prevented. The time had passed"
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"I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition"
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"I said in my heart that, rather than have war, I would give up my country"
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"I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated"
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"I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed"
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"I know that my race must change"
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"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"
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"I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done"
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"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"


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