"I know that my race must change."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Chief Joseph on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Chief Joseph on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Chief Joseph on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Chief Joseph on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Chief Joseph on Mahatma Gandhi
"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 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."
"I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated."