Sojourner Truth Quotes

Sojourner Truth (~1797-1883)

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth was born a slave, and became a popular spokeperson for abolition, women's rights, and temperance. Her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech is known in several variants, because Sojourner Truth herself did not write it down.

Selected Sojourner Truth Quotations

• And ain't I a woman? (more)

• "Dat man ober dar say dat womin needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted ober ditches, and to hab de best place everywhar.

Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles, or gibs me any best place!" And raising herself to her full height, and her voice to a pitch like rolling thunders, she asked "And a'n't I a woman? Look at me! Look at me! Look at my arm! (and she bared her right arm to the shoulder, showing her tremendous muscular power). I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And a'n't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear de lash a well! And a'n't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern, and seen 'em mos' all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And a'n't I a woman?  (more - including about the dialect used)

• There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before.

So 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. -- Equal Rights Convention, New York, 1867

• It is the mind that makes the body.

• 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.

• Truth burns up error.

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

• Religion without humanity is poor human stuff.

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About These Quotes

This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.