"I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Chief Joseph on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Chief Joseph on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Chief Joseph on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Chief Joseph on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Chief Joseph on Thomas Paine
"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."