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


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


  3. It does not require many words to speak the truth.


  4. Good words will not give me back my children.




  5. If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace.


  6. I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.


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


  8. I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.


  9. An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.


  10. I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth.


  11. When my young men began the killing, my heart was hurt.

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  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


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


  16. 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.


  17. 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.


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


  19. My father... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.


  20. Some of you think an Indian is like a wild animal. This is a great mistake.


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


  22. My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.


  23. 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.


  24. I will speak with a straight tongue.


  25. I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated.


  26. My people were divided about surrendering.


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


  28. I know that my race must change.


  29. 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.


  30. 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.




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What are the best people quotes by Chief Joseph?


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

    • earth

    I want the white people to understand my people.


    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

    Words do not pay for my dead people.


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

    • heart

    My people were divided about surrendering.

    • divided

    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.


    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.

    • brought

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

    • dad

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

    • blood

    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.

    • come

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

    • people

    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.

    • collect

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


    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.


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

    • given

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What are the best white quotes by Chief Joseph?


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

    • indian

    I want the white people to understand my people.

    • people

    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.

    • besides

    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.

    • brought

    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.


    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.

    • found

    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.


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

    • blood

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

    • father

    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.

    • come

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


    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.

    • advised

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

    • given

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What are the best country quotes by 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.

    • besides

    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.

    • brought

    A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country.


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

    • acted

    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.

    • alone

    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.

    • come

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


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What are the best indian quotes by Chief Joseph?


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

    • indian

    The Indian race are waiting and praying.

    • indian

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

    • animal

    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.

    • besides

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

    • brave

    When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill.


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What are the best war quotes by Chief Joseph?


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


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

    • country

    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.

    • against

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


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


    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.

    • advised

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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.

  • alone

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.

  • branded

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

  • passed

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




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

  • avoided

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.

  • dad

I labored hard to avoid trouble and bloodshed.


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

  • ammunition

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

  • bloodshed

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

  • country

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


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.

  • against

I want the white people to understand my people.

  • people

Words do not pay for my dead people.

  • dead

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

  • people

We ask to be recognized as men.

  • ask

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

  • fast

A chief called Lawyer, because he was a great talker, took the lead in the council, and sold nearly all the Nez Perce country.

  • called

When an Indian fights, he only shoots to kill.

  • fights

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.


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


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

  • animal

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.

  • besides

The Indian race are waiting and praying.

  • indian

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Who is Chief Joseph? Some facts about Chief Joseph from biography. Chief Joseph was the chief of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce during General Oliver O. Howard's attempt to forcibly remove his band and the other "non-treaty" Nez Perce to a reservation in Idaho. For his principled resistance to the removal, he became renowned as a humanitarian and ... Read more about Chief Joseph on Wikipedia or watch videos with quotes from Chief Joseph on YouTube. Browse a lot of books about Chief Joseph on Amazon to get more reference.

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