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Sojourner Truth

  • If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • speech, Ohio Women's Rights Convention ()
  • Wall, childern, whar dar is so much racket dar must be somethin' out o' kilter.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • speech, Ohio Women's Rights Convention ()
  • I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring. Because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • speech, American Equal Rights Association Convention ()
  • 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?

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • speech (1851), in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • Whar did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • speech (1851), in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • [When told of a threat to burn down the hall in which she was to speak:] Then I will speak upon the ashes.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • 1862, in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • Truth burns up error.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • ... the rich rob the poor, and the poor rob one another.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • Children, I talks to God and God talks to me. I goes out and talks to God in de fields and de woods. Dis morning I was walking out, and I got over de fence. I saw de wheat a holding up its head, looking very big. I goes up and takes holt ob it. You b'lieve it, dere was no wheat dare? I says, God, what is de matter wid dis wheat? and he says to me, 'Sojourner, dere is a little weasel in it.' Now I hears talkin' about de Constitution and de rights of man. I comes up and I takes hold of dis Constitution It looks mighty big, and I feels for my rights, but der aint any dare. Den I says, God, what ails dis Constitution? He says to me, 'Sojourner, dere is a little weasel in it.'

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • Sisters, I a'n't clear what you'd be after. Ef women want any rights more'n dey's got, why don't dey jes' take 'em, an' not be talkin' about it?

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring I will step into the pool.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • 1867, in Erlene Stetson and Linda David, Glorying in Tribulation: The Life Work of Sojourner Truth ()
  • Religion without humanity is poor human stuff.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • 1877, in Carleton Mabee, Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend ()
  • I can do as much work as any man ... We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. What we want is a little money. You men know that you get as much again as women when you write, or for what you do. When we get our rights, we shall not have to come to you for money, for then we shall have money enough of our own.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • 1851, in Carleton Mabee, Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend ()
  • 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.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Carleton Mabee, Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend ()
  • 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.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Carleton Mabee, Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend ()
  • It is the mind that makes the body.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Geoffrey M. Horn, Sojourner Truth: Speaking Up for Freedom ()
  • I am not going to die. I'm going home like a shooting star.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Venice Johnson, Voice of the Dream: African American Women Speak ()

Sojourner Truth, U.S. preacher, abolitionist, women's rights worker

(1797 - 1883)

Real name: Isabella Van Wagener Baumfree.