The rich rob the poor, and the poor rob each other.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) American abolitionist, women's rights activist [b. Isabella Baumfree]

Variations: "Truly, here the rich rob the poor and the poor rob each other," "Our rich rob the poor, and the poor rob each other."
Added on 24-Feb-17 | Last updated 24-Feb-17
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  1. Hugh Hyatt says:

    This quote is from the Preface to Narrative of Sojourner Truth (, which was dictated to Olive Gilbert, who edited the work and presumably wrote the Preface. Here is the context:

    “A Chicago lady wrote to her, asking for a thought to inspire and cheer her on her life journey. Sojourner responded as follows : — ‘God is from everlasting to everlasting.’ ‘There was no beginning till sin came.’ ‘All that had a beginning will have an end.’ ‘Truth burns up error.’ ‘God is the great house that will hold all his children.’ ‘We dwell in him as the fishes in the sea.’ Of the fashionable so-called religious world she says, ‘It is empty as the barren fig-tree, possessing nothing but leaves.'”

  2. Hugh Hyatt says:

    My bad. Different quotation. This one is Truth’s observation about New York City, as quoted in Victoria Ortiz’ “Sojourner Truth: A Self-Made Woman” (

  3. Dave says:

    Yeah, I was hoping to find a primary or more proximate source. I found lots of folk quoting her, but not from where.

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