Sojourner Truth

1797? - 1883

A Quote by Sojourner Truth on aint i a woman, woman, female, christ, god, rights, race, ethnicty, plow, plant, born, birth, children, slavery, and civil war

Well, children, 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. But what's all this here talking about?

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? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

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 your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

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.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

Source: Delivered 1851, Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on women and rights

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

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on god, women, and world

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!

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

Source: Address to the Ohio Women's Rights Convention, Akron, OH, 29 May 1851.

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth

We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on death and home

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

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

Source: Words to Make My Dream Children Live, by Deirdre Mullane, 1995.

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on humanity and religion

Religion without humanity is a poor human stuff.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth

The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on men, water, and women

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 (1797? - 1883)

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on brothers and sister

Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

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A Quote by Sojourner Truth on dreams, personality, personality, television, truth, and women

Quoting Oprah Winfrey, TV personality, regarding the women pioneers: I have crossed over on the backs of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer and Madame C.J. Walker. 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.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

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