"The Earth is the mother of all people and all people should have
equal rights upon it."
I am tired of fighting.... from where the sun now stands, I will
fight no more.
Our fathers gave us many laws, which they had learned from their fathers. These
laws were good. They told us to treat all people as they treated us; that we should
never be the first to break a bargain; that is was a disgrace to tell a lie; that
we should speak only the truth; that it was a shame for one man to take another's
wife or his property without paying for it.
A LIFE OF COMPASSION
Good words do not last long unless they amount to
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace.
Treat all men alike. Give them a chance to live and grow.
It does not require many words to speak the truth.
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
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, "Pay me 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.