Sojourner Truth Quotes about Women’s Rights and Abolition

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 – Sojourner Truth Quotes –

Sojourner Truth was an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist best-known for her speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?” in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. Sojourner truth quotes will inspire you to speak up for what you believe in.

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Sojourner Truth is one of the world’s best-known human rights crusaders. She was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Though she lived a miserable life as a slave, Truth spoke up and inspired many through her journey and persistence.

Sojourner Truth Quotes

Truth rose to prominence as an abolitionist leader and became a testament to the humanity of enslaved people she devoted her life to the abolitionist cause and helped to recruit Black troops for the Union Army. See some Sojourner Truth quotes below;

1. It is a good thing to be dependent on each other for something. It makes us civil and peaceable.

2. I know and do what is right better than many big men who read

3. 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.

4. Though it seems curious, I do not remember ever asking for anything but what I got it. And I always received it as an answer to my prayers

5. I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And aren’t I a woman?

6. As we were walking the other day, she said she had often thought what a beautiful world this would be when we should see everything right side up. Now, we see everything as topsy-turvy, and all is confusion.

7. And what is that religion that sanctions, even by its silence all that is embraced in the ‘Peculiar Institution? If there can be anything more diametrically opposed to the religion of Jesus, than the working of this soul-killing system – which is as truly sanctioned by the religion of America as are her ministers and churches – we wish to be shown where it can be found.

8. Truth is powerful and it prevails.

9. You may hiss as much as you please, but women will get their rights anyway.

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Truth About Life Quotes

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all-powerful and will prevail.

13. 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? Does not God love coloured children as well as white children? And did not the same Saviour die to save the one as well as the other?

14. 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.

15. There have been so many people who have said to me, ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.

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16. Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twist 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

17. Look there above the centre, where the flag is waving bright; We are going out of slavery, bound for freedom’s light; We mean to show Jeff Davis how the Africans can fight…

18. 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

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

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20. 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.

21. Now, if you want me to get out of the world, you had better get the women votin’ soon. I shan’t go till I can do that.

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

23. I have been forty years a slave and forty years free and would be here forty years more to have equal rights for all.

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24. God will take care of the poor trampled slave, but where will the slaveholder be when eternity begins?

25. Let others say what they will of the efficacy of prayer, I believe in it, and I shall pray. Thank God! Yes, I shall always pray…

26. The Lord only knows how many times I let my children go hungry rather than take secretly the bread I liked not to ask for

27. 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

28. Let individuals make the most of what God has given them, have their neighbours 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

29. When I preach, I has just one text to preach from, an’ I always preach from this one. My text is, ‘When I found Jesus.’

30. You may hiss as much as you please, but women will get their rights anyway

31. Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it intends to bear great fruit.

Black Girl Sojourner Truth Quotes

32. Through all the scenes of her eventful life may be traced the energy of a naturally powerful mind—the fearlessness and child-like simplicity of one untrammelled by education or conventional customs—purity of character—an unflinching adherence to principle—and a native enthusiasm, which, under different circumstances, might easily have produced another Joan of Arc With all her fervour, and enthusiasm, and speculation, her religion is not tinctured in the least with gloom.

33. 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.

34. 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?

35. 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.

36. Now, if you want me to get out of the world, you had better get the women votin’ soon I shan’t go till I can do that.

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37. Though it seems curious, I do not remember ever asking for anything but what I got it and I always received it as an answer to my prayers

38. I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star

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39. 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

40. Truth is powerful and it prevails.

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

42. Truth Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff

43. 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.

44. 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!

45. The slaveholders are terrible for promising to give you this or that, or such and such a privilege, if you will do thus and so, and when the time of fulfilment comes, and one claims the promise, they, forsooth, recollect nothing of the kind; and you are, like as not, taunted with being a liar

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46. Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter

47. Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff

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48. 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.

49. If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself.

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

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

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

53. I did not run away, I walked away

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54. Truth burns up error.

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

56. I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me. And aren’t I a woman? 

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

58. 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.

59. When I got religion, I found some work to do to benefit somebody

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

Black Women Sojourner Truth Quotes

61. 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!? I could work as much and eat as much as a man–when I could get it–and bear the lash as well!

62. When I’m tired, I rest. I say, ‘I can’t be a superwoman today.’

63. Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

64. Many slaveholders boast of the love of their slaves. How would it freeze the blood of some of them to know what kind of love rankles in the bosoms of slaves for them! Witness the attempt to poison Mrs Calhoun, and hundreds of similar cases. Most ‘surprising ‘ to everybody, because committed slaves were supposed to be so grateful for their chains.

65. The Spirit calls me, and I must go.

66. Though it seems curious, I do not remember ever asking for anything but what I got it. And I always received it as an answer to my prayers.

67. Oh God, you know I have no money, but you can make the people do for me, and you must make the people do for me

68. You can’t be hesitant about who you are.

69. I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all-powerful and will prevail.

Grown Woman Quotes

70. No doubt, no hesitation, no despondency, spread a cloud over her soul; but all is bright, clear, positive, and at times, ecstatic. Her trust is in God, and from him, she looks for good, and not evil. She feels that perfect love casteth out fear.

71. 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

72. When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.

73. I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be told, then I push harder.

74. It is written that there shall be a separation, and the sheep shall be separated from the goats. The other preachers have the sheep; I have the goats And I have a few sheep among my goats, but they are very ragged

75. When I got religion, I found some work to do to benefit somebody

76. Her unwavering confidence in an arm that she believed to be stronger than all others combined could have raised from her sinking spirit.

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

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Reality Quotes

78. I don’t know everything. I know a fraction of what there is to know and I don’t think I will ever know everything, but it’s important to me to constantly challenge myself, to understanding different viewpoints, really understand nuance in topics, so I can feel qualified in what I say, so I’m not preaching falsely of what I’m unaware of.

79. Oh Lord,’ inquired Isabella, ‘what is this slavery, that it can do such dreadful things? what evil can it not do?’ Well, may she ask, for surely the evils it can and does do, daily and hourly, can never be summed up, till we can see them as they are recorded by him who writes no errors, and reckons without mistake?

80. I am a woman’s rights. I have as much as any man and can do as much work as any man.

81. 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 votes as 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 doesn’t inside, it need not outside.

82. It is the mind that makes the body.

83. 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.

84. It is hard for the old slaveholding spirit to die. But die it must.

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85. If my cup won’t hold but a pint and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t ye be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?

86. 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.

87. It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.

88. What we give to the poor, we lend to the Lord.

89. Yes, I do have a big ego and I am in love with myself because if you don’t love yourself, how can anybody love you back?

90. I tell you I can’t read a book, but I can read de people 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 Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name ’cause everybody else had two names, and the Lord gave me ‘Truth,’ because I was to declare the truth to people

91. In heartening contrast to our own culture of complaint in which the idea of human solidarity seems lost in the clamour of victim groups competing for attention and entitlement, grew to understand that her personal quest for freedom was meaningful only as a moment in a larger struggle against the burden of injustice.

92. It’s important for young people to know that they are made the way they are made and they’re beautiful and that’s how they’re supposed to be.

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Black Strong Woman Quotes

93. If women want any rights more than they’ve got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter

97. I am above eighty years old I suppose I am about the only coloured woman that goes about to speak for the rights of the coloured women. I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked

98. Then I will speak upon the ashes.

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

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

101. If the Lord comes and burns – as you say he will – I am not going away; I am going to stay here and stand the fire, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! And Jesus will walk with me through the fire and keep me from harm

102. You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.

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103. This is beautiful indeed; the coloured 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.

104. Let others say what they will of the efficacy of prayer, I believe in it, and I shall pray. Thank God! Yes, I shall always pray

105. Yes,’ she said, ‘the rich rob the poor, and the poor rob one another.

106. There is no use in one man, or one nation, to try to do or be everything.

107. It is a good thing to be dependent on each other for something. It makes us civil and peaceable.

108. You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.

109. I’m not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I’m thick, I like my body.

110. Goodman! Genuine gentleman! God bless George Thompson, the great-hearted friend of my race

111. I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.

112. In complete darkness we are all the same; it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Don’t let your eyes deceive you.

113. Don’t let anyone steal ya joy! There’s always someone miserable trying to bring you down. You just wish them well & proceed on enjoying your life.

114. I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression, There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control, like, you have control over the choices you make.

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Christian Quotes for Women

115. When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.

116. I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.

117. Beauty is not just a white girl’s so many different flavours and shades.

118. I tell you I can’t read a book, but I can read de people.

119. I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody including myself.

120. Am I bossy? Absolutely. I don’t like to lose, and if I’m told ‘no,’ then I find another way to get my ‘yes.’ But I’m a loyal person.

121. What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.

122. Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential. So it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.

123. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.

124. Girls of all kinds can be beautiful — from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing, and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box Think outside of the box Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.

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125. Everything is worth it. The hard work, the times when you’re tired, the times where you’re a bit sad, in the end, it’s all worth it because it really makes me happy. There’s nothing better than loving what you do.

126. Don’t settle for average, bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us

127. I truly believe that if you put your goals in writing, speak them out loud, and work for them, they will happen.

 128. I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something I just had to be.

129. There are so many things that life is, and no matter how many breakthroughs, trials will exist and we’re going to get through it. Just be strong.

130. I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.

In 1843, Isabella left New York City and took the name Sojourner Truth, which she used from then on. Obeying a supernatural call to “travel up and down the land,” she sang, preached, and debated at camp meetings, in churches, and on village streets, exhorting her listeners to accept the biblical message of God’s goodness and the brotherhood of man.

In 1875, Sojourner Truth retired to her home in Battle Creek, after she had fought the good fight. She remained there until her death.

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