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Quotes by Sojourner Truth

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Wikipedia Summary for Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth (born Isabella "Belle" Baumfree; c. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was an American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.

She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843 after she became convinced that God had called her to leave the city and go into the countryside "testifying the hope that was in her". Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously, in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. The speech became widely known during the Civil War by the title "Ain't I a Woman?", a variation of the original speech re-written by someone else using a stereotypical Southern dialect, whereas Sojourner Truth was from New York and grew up speaking Dutch as her first language.

During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for formerly enslaved people (summarized as the promise of "forty acres and a mule"). She continued to fight on behalf of women and African Americans until her death. As her biographer Nell Irvin Painter wrote, "At a time when most Americans thought of slaves as male and women as white, Truth embodied a fact that still bears repeating: Among the blacks are women; among the women, there are blacks."A memorial bust of Truth was unveiled in 2009 in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center. She is the first African American woman to have a statue in the Capitol building. In 2014, Truth was included in Smithsonian magazine's list of the "100 Most Significant Americans of All Time".

Quote: Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.


Quote: Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the Negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon.


Quote: I did not run away, I walked away by daylight. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

I did not run away, I walked away by daylight.


Quote: Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me.


Quote: Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit.


Quote: That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman?


Quote: If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it? by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.


Quote: If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.


Quote: If my cup won't hold but a pint and yourn holds a quart, wouldn't ye be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full? by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

If my cup won't hold but a pint and yourn holds a quart, wouldn't ye be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?


Quote: I am above eighty years old ... I suppose I am about the only colored woman that goes about to speak for the rights of the colored women. I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

I am above eighty years old ... I suppose I am about the only colored woman that goes about to speak for the rights of the colored women. I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked.


Quote: When I preaches, I has just one text to preach from, an' I always preaches from this one. My text is, 'When I found Jesus.' by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

When I preaches, I has just one text to preach from, an' I always preaches from this one. My text is, 'When I found Jesus.'


Quote: Oh God, you know I have no money, but you can make the people do for me, and you must make the people do for me. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Oh God, you know I have no money, but you can make the people do for me, and you must make the people do for me.


Quote: It is written that there shall be a separation, and the sheep shall be separated from the goats. The other preachers have the sheep; I have the goats. And I have a few sheep among my goats, but they are very ragged. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

It is written that there shall be a separation, and the sheep shall be separated from the goats. The other preachers have the sheep; I have the goats. And I have a few sheep among my goats, but they are very ragged.


Quote: If the Lord comes and burns -- as you say he will -- I am not going away; I am going to stay here and stand the fire, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! And Jesus will walk with me through the fire and keep me from harm. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

If the Lord comes and burns -- as you say he will -- I am not going away; I am going to stay here and stand the fire, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! And Jesus will walk with me through the fire and keep me from harm.


Quote: The Lord only knows how many times I let my children go hungry rather than take secretly the bread I liked not to ask for. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

The Lord only knows how many times I let my children go hungry rather than take secretly the bread I liked not to ask for.


Quote: Though it seems curious, I do not remember ever asking for anything but what I got it. And I always received it as an answer to my prayers. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Though it seems curious, I do not remember ever asking for anything but what I got it. And I always received it as an answer to my prayers.


Quote: God will take care of the poor trampled slave, but where will the slaveholder be when eternity begins? by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

God will take care of the poor trampled slave, but where will the slaveholder be when eternity begins?


Quote: I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And aren't I a woman? by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And aren't I a woman?


Quote: The slaveholders are terrible for promising to give you this or that, or such and such a privilege, if you will do thus and so, and when the time of fulfillment comes, and one claims the promise, they, forsooth, recollect nothing of the kind; and you are, like as not, taunted with being a liar. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of Sojourner Truth quote: The slaveholders are terrible for promising to give you this or that, or such and such a privilege, if you will do thus and so, and when the time of fulfillment comes, and one claims the promise, they, forsooth, recollect nothing of the kind; and you are, like as not, taunted with being a liar.- black text on quotes background

The slaveholders are terrible for promising to give you this or that, or such and such a privilege, if you will do thus and so, and when the time of fulfillment comes, and one claims the promise, they, forsooth, recollect nothing of the kind; and you are, like as not, taunted with being a liar.


Quote: The Lord gave me 'Sojourner,' because I was to travel up an' down the land, showin' the people their sins an' bein' a sign unto them. Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name 'cause everybody else had two names, and the Lord gave me 'Truth,' because I was to declare the truth to people. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of Sojourner Truth quote: The Lord gave me 'Sojourner,' because I was to travel up an' down the land, showin' the people their sins an' bein' a sign unto them. Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name 'cause everybody else had two names, and the Lord gave me 'Truth,' because I was to declare the truth to people.- black text on quotes background

The Lord gave me 'Sojourner,' because I was to travel up an' down the land, showin' the people their sins an' bein' a sign unto them. Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name 'cause everybody else had two names, and the Lord gave me 'Truth,' because I was to declare the truth to people.


Quote: Good man! Genuine gentleman! God bless George Thompson, the great-hearted friend of my race. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Good man! Genuine gentleman! God bless George Thompson, the great-hearted friend of my race.


Quote: I know and do what is right better than many big men who read. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

I know and do what is right better than many big men who read.


Quote: Truth is powerful and it prevails. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

Truth is powerful and it prevails.


Quote: I am not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star. by author Sojourner Truth overlaid on photo of photo of author Sojourner Truth with quote

I am not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star.


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