Quotes from Chief Joseph

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Here are some quotes from the famous Nez Perce Chief Joseph. He is also known as Joseph the Younger, because he was named for his father, who is known as Joseph the Elder.

 

It does not require many words to speak the truth.


 

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.


 

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 contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.


 

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.


 

I love the land of winding waters more then all the rest of the world. A man who would not love his father’s grave is worse then a wild animal.


 

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.