65 Chief Joseph Quotes On Success In Life

Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt (or Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it in Americanist orthography), popularly known as Chief Joseph, Young Joseph, or Joseph the Younger was a leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe of the interior Pacific Northwest region of the United States, in the latter half of the 19th century. He succeeded his father Tuekakas (Chief Joseph the Elder) in the early 1870s. These Chief Joseph quotes will motivate you.

Best Chief Joseph Quotes

  1. “It does not require many words to speak the truth.” ~ Chief Joseph
  2. “If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.” ~ Chief Joseph
  3. “I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.” ~ Chief Joseph

  4. “I do not believe that the Great Spirit Chief gave one kind of men the right to tell another kind of men what they must do.” ~ Chief Joseph
  5. “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
  6. “I am tired of talk that comes to nothing It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and all the broken promises. There has been too much talking by men who had no right to talk. It does not require many words to speak the truth.” ~ Chief Joseph
  7. “The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” ~ Chief Joseph

  8. “Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.” ~ Chief Joseph
  9. “Suppose a white man should come to me and say, “Joseph, I like your horses. I want to buy them.” I say to him, “No, my horses suit me; I will not sell them.” Then he goes to my neighbor and says to him, “Joseph has some good horses. I want to buy them, but he refuses to sell.” My neighbor answers, “Pay me the money and I will sell you Joseph’s horses.” The white man returns to me and says, “Joseph, I have bought your horses and you must let me have them.” If we sold our lands to the government, this is the way they bought them.” ~ Chief Joseph
  10. “The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man’s business to divide it… Do not misunderstand me, but understand me fully with reference to my affection for the land. I never said the land was mine to do with it as I chose. The one who has the right to dispose of it is the one who created it. I claim a right to live on my land and accord you the privilege to live on yours.” ~ Chief Joseph
  11. “Our chiefs are killed. . . . The little children are freezing to death. . . . My people have no blankets, no food. . . . My heart is sick and sad. . . . I will fight no more forever.” ~ Chief Joseph
  12. “The eye tells what the tongue would hide.” ~ Chief Joseph

  13. “I have asked some of the great white chiefs where they get their authority to say to the Indian that he shall stay in one place, while he sees white men going where they please. They cannot tell me.” ~ Chief Joseph
  14. “I am ready to talk today. I have been in a great many councils, but I am no wiser. We are all sprung from a woman, although we are unlike in many things. We can not be made over again. You are as you were made, and as you were made you can remain. We are just as we were made by the Great Spirit, and you can not change us ; then why should children of one mother and one father quarrel ? — why should one try to cheat the other ? I do not believe that the Great Spirit Chief gave one kind of men the right to tell another kind of men what they must do.” ~ Chief Joseph
  15. “Good words do not last long unless they amount to something.” ~ Chief Joseph

  16. “All men were made brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be content when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.” ~ Chief Joseph
  17. “We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft earth of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten, but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now… but it will grow again… like the trees.” ~ Chief Joseph
  18. “Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow.” ~ Chief Joseph

  19. “When the last deer disappears into the morning mist, When the last elk vanishes from the hills, When the last buffalo falls on the plains, I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.” ~ Chief Joseph
  20. “It takes few words to tell the truth.” ~ Chief Joseph
  21. “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, Chief Joseph Quotes on fight no more
  22. “Finest fur may cover toughest meat.” ~ Chief Joseph

  23. “You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.” ~ Chief Joseph
  24. “We do not want churches. They will teach us to quarrel about God.” ~ Chief Joseph
  25. “We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything and that he never forgets; that hereafter he will give every man a spirit-home according to his deserts: if he has been a good man, he will have a good home; if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home. This I believe, and all my people believe the same.” ~ Chief Joseph
  26. “Look twice at a two-faced man.” ~ Chief Joseph

  27. “We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit Chief made them. They were not, and would change the rivers and mountains if they did not suit them.” ~ Chief Joseph
  28. “It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises.” ~ Chief Joseph
  29. “Big name often stands on small legs.” ~ Chief Joseph
  30. “Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no more wars. We shall all be alike-brothers of one father and one another, with one sky above us and one country around us, and one government for all.” ~ Chief Joseph
  31. “The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the measure of our bodies are the same” ~ Chief Joseph

  32. “I know that my race must change. We cannot hold our own with the white men as we are. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. We ask that the same law shall work alike on all men. If an Indian breaks the law, punish him by the law. If a white man breaks the law, punish him also.” ~ Chief Joseph
  33. “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
  34. “The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was. The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man’s business to divide it.” ~ Chief Joseph
  35. “We soon found that the white men were growing rich very fast, and were greedy.” ~ Chief Joseph

  36. “All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.” ~ Chief Joseph
  37. “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
  38. “We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow!” ~ Chief Joseph
  39. “Our people could not talk with these white-faced men, but they used signs which all people understand.” ~ Chief Joseph
  40. “When I think of our condition, my heart is heavy. I see men of my own race treated as outlaws and driven from country to country, or shot down like animals.” ~ Chief Joseph
  41. “All people should be treated the same way on earth.” ~ Chief Joseph

  42. “An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.” ~ Chief Joseph
  43. “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
  44. “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
  45. “We were like deer. They were like grizzly bear.” ~ Chief Joseph
  46. “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
  47. “Good words will not give me back my children.” ~ Chief Joseph

  48. “I am not a child, I think for myself. No man can think for me.” ~ Chief Joseph
  49. “Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake.” ~ Chief Joseph
  50. “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
  51. “I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.” ~ Chief Joseph

  52. “Whenever the white man treats the Indian as they treat each other then we shall have no more wars. We shall be all alike – brothers of one father and mother, with one sky above us and one country around us and one government for all. Then the Great Spirit Chief who rules above will smile upon this land and send rain to wash out the bloody spots made by brothers’ hands upon the face of the earth. For this time the Indian race is waiting and praying. I hope 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
  53. “I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.” ~ Chief Joseph

  54. “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
  55. 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 Quotes
  56. “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
  57. “The first white men of your people who came to our country were named Lewis and Clark.” ~ Chief Joseph

  58. “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
  59. “My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.” ~ Chief Joseph
  60. “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
  61. “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
  62. “War can be avoided, and it ought to be avoided. I want no war.” ~ Chief Joseph

  63. “Cursed be he that scalps the reputation of the dead.” ~ Chief Joseph
  64. “I only ask of the Government to be treated as all other men are treated. If I cannot go to my own home, let me have a home in a country where my people will not die so fast.” ~ Chief Joseph
  65. “Let me be a free man – free to travel, free to stop, free to work.” ~ Chief Joseph

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