50+ Best Sojourner Truth Quotes

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist who born a slave and became a popular spokesperson for abolition, women’s rights, and temperance. She was the first black woman to win a court case against a white man when she won custody of her son after running away, she became one of the era’s best known figures.

She is best-known for her speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. Inspirational Sojourner Truth quotes will motivate you and broaden your perspective on issues of race, gender, slavery, freedom, women rights and equality.

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Famous Sojourner Truth Quotes

Is God dead? – Sojourner Truth

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

I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star. – Sojourner Truth

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? – Sojourner Truth

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. – Sojourner Truth

Then I will speak upon the ashes. – Sojourner Truth

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

I feel safe even in the midst of my enemies; for the truth is powerful and will prevail. – Sojourner Truth

It is the mind that makes the body. – Sojourner Truth

When I left the house of bondage I left everything behind. I wasn’t going to keep nothing of Egypt on me, an’ so I went to the Lord an’ asked him to give me a new name. And he gave me Sojourner because I was to travel up and down the land showing the people their sins and bein’ a sign unto them. I told the Lord I wanted two names ’cause everybody else had two, and the Lord gave me Truth, because I was to declare the truth to the people. – Sojourner Truth

If it is not a fit place for women, it is unfit for men to be there. – Sojourner Truth

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

We have all been thrown down so low that nobody thought we’d ever get up again; but we have been long enough trodden now; we will come up again, and now I am here. – Sojourner Truth

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. – Sojourner Truth

Let … individuals make the most of what God has given them, have their neighbors do the same, and then do all they can to serve each other. There is no use in one man, or one nation, to try to do or be everything. It is a good thing to be dependent on each other for something, it makes us civil and peaceable. – Sojourner Truth

Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter. – Sojourner Truth

I do not remember ever asking for any thing but what I got it. And I always received it as an answer to my prayers. – Sojourner Truth

I am above eighty years old; it is about time for me to be going. I have been forty years a slave and forty years free and would be here forty years more to have equal rights for all. – Sojourner Truth

And I’ll have my child again. Oh my God! I know’d I’d have him agin. I was sure God would help me to get him. Why, I felt so tall within—I felt as if the power of a nation was with me! – Sojourner Truth

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

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 place, and aren’t I a woman? … I have ploughted, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me—and aren’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 aren’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children and seen them most all sold off into slavery, and when I cried out with a mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard—aren’t I a woman? – Sojourner Truth

The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another. – Sojourner Truth

How came Jesus into the world? Through God who created him and woman who bore him. Man, where is your part? – Sojourner Truth

Truth is powerful and it prevails. – Sojourner Truth

And the Lord gave me Sojourner, because I was to travel up an’ down the land, showin’ the people their sins, an’ bein’ a sign unto them. Afterward I told the Lord I wanted another name, ’cause everybody else had two names: the Lord gave me Truth, because I was to declare Truth to the people. – Sojourner Truth

Oh no, honey, I can’t read little things like letters. I read big things like men. – Sojourner Truth

Children, who made your skin white? Was it not God? Who made mine black? Was it not the same God? Am I to blame, therefore, because my skin is black? – 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

Root up, if possible, the great sin of prejudice against color from your minds. – Sojourner Truth

Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff. – Sojourner Truth

Does not God love colored children as well as white children? And did not the same Savior die to save the one as well as the other? – Sojourner Truth

You have been having our rights so long, that you think, like a slave-holder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel all the better when it closes up again. – Sojourner Truth

This is beautiful indeed; the colored people have given this to the head of the government, and that government once sanctioned laws that would not permit its people to learn enough to enable them to read this book. And for what? Let them answer who can. – Sojourner Truth

I am a woman’s rights. I have as much as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? – Sojourner Truth

It is hard for the old slave holding spirit to die. But die it must. – Sojourner Truth

I must sojourn once to the ballot-box before I die. I hear the ballot-box is a beautiful glass globe, so you can see all the votesas they go in. Now, the first time I vote I’ll see if the woman’s vote looks any different from the rest–if it makes any stir or commotion. If it don’t inside, it need not outside. – Sojourner Truth

I have done a great deal of work, as much as a man, but did not get so much pay. I used to work in the field and bind grain, keeping up with the cradler; but men doing no more, got twice as much pay…. We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. – Sojourner Truth

We talk often of a beginning, but there is no beginning but the beginning of a wrong. – Sojourner Truth

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

Christ came from God and a woman. Man had nothing to do with him. – Sojourner Truth

What we give to the poor, we lend to the Lord. – Sojourner Truth

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? – Sojourner Truth

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

The Spirit calls me, and I must go. – Sojourner Truth

I don’t read such small stuff as letters, I read men and nations. I can see through a millstone, though I can’t see through a spelling-book. What a narrow idea a reading qualification is for a voter! – Sojourner Truth

We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. – Sojourner Truth

Truth burns up error. – Sojourner Truth

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

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

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

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