Quotation by Chief Joseph

If you tie a horse to a stake, do you expect he will grow fat? If you pen an Indian up on a small spot of earth, and compel him to stay there, he will not be contented, nor will he grow and prosper. I have asked some of the great white chiefs where they get their authority to say to the Indian that he shall stay in one place, while he sees white men going where they please. They can not tell me.
Chief Joseph (c. 1840–1904), Native American leader (Nez Percé). North American Review (Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 1879).
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