Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Joseph Brant, aka Thayendanegea

Mohawk War Chief, Translator of Religious Documents

"In the government you called civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacrificed to the splendor of the empire. Hence the origin of your codes of criminal and civil laws; hence your dungeons and prisons. We have no prisons; we have no written laws; and yet judges are as highly revered among us as they are among you, and their decisions are as much regarded. We have among us no exalted villains above the control of our laws. Daring wickedness is here never allowed to triumph over helpless innocence. The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising swindlers. We have no robbery under the pretext of law."

"No person among us deserves any other reward for performing a brave and worthy action, but the consciousness of having served his nation."