"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Chief Joseph on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Chief Joseph on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Chief Joseph on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Chief Joseph on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Chief Joseph on Winston Churchill
"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 know that my race must change."
"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."
"My father... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people."
"It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises."