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Sojourner Truth Quotes

Sojourner Truth (~1797-1883)

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Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

adapted by Jone Johnson Lewis
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)

• 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

Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. 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.

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