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Native American Indian Wisdom
Quotes and Proverbs

O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence. ~ Cherokee Prayer


Certain things catch your eye, But pursue only those that capture your heart. ~ An old indian saying


Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~ Native American saying


Before eating, always take time to thank the food. - Arapaho


When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. - Arapaho


If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. - Arapaho


Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. - Sioux


We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. - Dakota


Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. - Cheyenne


Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance. - Lakota


Our first teacher is our own heart. - Cheyenne


Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.


When the white man discovered this country Indians were running it. No taxes no debt, women did all the work White man thought he could improve on a system like this. ~ Old Cherokee Saying


When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. ~ Arapaho Proverb


Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find money cannot be eaten. ~ Cree Prophecy


May the Warm Winds of Heaven, Blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit, Bless all who enter there. May your Mocassins, Make happy tracks in many snows,and may the Rainbow Always touch your shoulder. ~ Cherokee Prayer Blessing


Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun. ~ Lakota Prayer


Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself. ~Hopi


It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. - Apache


They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind. - Tuscarora


All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. - Arapaho


When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. - Cherokee


Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river. - Tuscarora


If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. - Cheyenne


Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it. - Crow


If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. - Minquass


A good chief gives, he does not take. - Mohawk


Coyote is always out there waiting, and Coyote is always hungry. - Navajo


Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water. - Tribe Unknown


Every animal knows more than you do. - Nez Perce


The bird who has eaten cannot fly with the bird that is hungry. - Omaha


The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. - Sioux


Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. - Cherokee


Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf. - Tribe Unknown


Peace and happiness are available in every moment. Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems. Remember: If the Creator put it there, it is in the right place. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.


American Indian Teepee at Powwow in Cleveland Ohio





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