SITTING FAMOUS QUOTE

 

 

Discover the most famous quotes and proverbs of Sitting BULL, famous Indian Sioux chief, born around 1831 in South Dakota.


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Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.

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It does not take many words to tell the truth

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The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it.

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What treaties that the whites have kept, that the red man broken?
Not one.
What treaties that the white man gave to us they kept?
Not one.

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Behold, the Spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!
Every seed is awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.
Yet, hear me, people, we have now to deal with another race – small and feeble when our fathers first met them but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.
They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. The nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all that are in its path.
We cannot dwell side by side. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that away from us. My brothers, shall we submit or shall we say to them: 'First kill me before you take possession of my land

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Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

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They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. That nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path. We cannot dwell side by side.

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They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it.

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"A warrior is not what you think. It is not someone who goes to war to take the lives of others.
For us a warrior is someone who sacrifices everything of himself for the well-being of others.
It protects and cares for the elderly, for those who are helpless, for those who cannot do it for themselves and above all for the children who are the future of our humanity."

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I want you to go and tell the Great Father that I do not want to sell any land to the government... (He picked up a piece of dust and added) not even so much as this.

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Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!

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They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.

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Every seed is awakened, and all animal life.

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They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.

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If we must die, we die defending our rights.

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Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.

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When I was a boy, the Sioux owned the world. The sun rose and set on their land; they sent ten thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them?

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I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.

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What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?

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What treaty that the whites have kept has the red man broken? Not one.

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Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them.

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Every seed is awakened, and all animal life.

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I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were.

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Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?

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Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that from us also.

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I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. Sitting Bull

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He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires.

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This nation is like a spring freshet; it overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path.

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In my early days, I was eager to learn and to do things, and therefore I learned quickly.

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What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian.

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It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.

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I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.

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There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.

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Therefore, I do not wish to consider any proposition to cede any portion of our tribal holdings to the Great Father.

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What white man can say I never stole his land or a penny of his money? Yet they say that I am a thief.

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Now that we are poor, we are free. No white man controls our footsteps.

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For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.

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Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.

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Hear me people: We have now to deal with another race - small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

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As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist.

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It does not take many words to tell the truth

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What treaty have the Sioux made with the white man that we have broken? Not one. What treaty have the white man ever made with us that they have kept? Not one.

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They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.

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If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, and in my heart he put other and different desires. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.

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The life my people want is a life of freedom. I have seen nothing that a white man has, houses or railways or clothing or food, that is as good as the right to move in the open country and live in our fashion.

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I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.

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I have killed, robbed, and injured too many white men to believe in a good peace. They are medicine, and I would eventually die a lingering death. I had rather die on the field of battle. Look at me, see if I am poor, or my people either. The whites may get me at last, as you say, but I will have good times till then. You are fools to make yourselves slaves to a piece of fat bacon, some hard-tack, and a little sugar and coffee.

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The white man knows how to make everything, but he does not know how to distribute it.

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Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!

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Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians and the Catholics all have a different God. Why cannot we have one of our own?

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They want us to give up another chunk of our tribal land. This is not the first time or the last time.

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Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.

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It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.

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Healthy feet can feel the very heart of Mother Earth.

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Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?

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I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie, for where an Indian is shut up in one place his body becomes weak.

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I hardly sustain myself beneath the weight of white men's blood that I have shed. The whites provoked the war; their injustices, their indignities to our families, the cruel, unheard of and wholly unprovoked massacre at Fort Lyon ... shook all the veins which bind and support me. I rose, tomahawk in hand, and I have done all the hurt to the whites that I could.

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This is a good day to die. Follow me!

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I know Great Spirit is looking down upon me from above, and will hear what I say.

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A cold wind blew on the prairie on the day the last buffalo fell. A death wind for my people.

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I surrender this rifle to you through my young son, whom I now desire to teach in this manner that he has become a friend of the Americans. I wish him to learn the habits of the whites and to be educated as their sons are educated. I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle. This boy has given it to you, and he now wants to know how he is going to make a living.

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God made me an Indian, but not a reservation Indian.

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You come here to tell us lies, but we don't want to hear them. If we told you more, you would have paid no attention. That is all I have to say.

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In my early days, I was eager to learn and to do things, and therefore I learned quickly.

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If a man loses anything and goes back and looks carefully for it, he will find it.

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I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions were good and not what I supposed they were.

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I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.

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What treaty that the whites have kept has the red man broken? Not one.

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What white man has ever seen me drunk? Who has ever come to me hungry and left me unfed? Who has seen me beat my wives or abuse my children? What law have I broken?

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The meat of the buffalo tastes the same on both sides of the border.

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Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that from us also.

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Go back home where you came from. This country is mine, and I intend to stay here and to raise this country full of grown people.

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This nation is like a spring freshet; it overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path.

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Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them.

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I do not wish to be shut up in a corral. All agency Indians I have seen are worthless. They are neither red warriors nor white farmers. They are neither wolf nor dog.

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What does it matter how long I pray, so long as my prayers are answered?

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You think I am a fool, but you are a greater fool than I am.

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When I was a boy, the Sioux owned the world. The sun rose and set on their land; they sent ten thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them?

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Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. Now we are poor but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights.

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What white man can say I never stole his land or a penny of his money? Yet they say that I am a thief.

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If I agree to dispose of any part of our land to the white people I would feel guilty of taking food away from our children's mouths, and I do not wish to be that mean.

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God made me an Indian.

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I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.
There are things they tell us that sound good to hear, but when they have accomplished their purpose they will go home and will not try to fulfill our agreements with them.

First kill me before you take possession of my Fatherland.
I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by his will I am chief.
He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart he put other different desires.
What white woman, however lonely, was ever captive or insulted by me? Yet they say I am a bad Indian.
Therefore, I do not wish to consider any proposition to cede any portion of our tribal holdings to the Great Father.
I have killed, robbed, and injured too many white men to believe in a good peace. They are medicine, and I would eventually die a lingering death. I had rather die on the field of battle.
I am nothing, neither a chief nor a soldier.

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I have killed, robbed, and injured too many white men to believe in a good peace.