Notable Quotes

Temper

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

We Believe

We are taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets: that hereafter he will give every man a spirit-home according to his deserts.... This I believe, and all my people believe the same.

My Neighbor

Oh Great spirit, grant that I may never find fault with my neighbor until I have walked the trail of life in his moccasins.

Vision

A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.

Walking the Earth

Let us walk softly on the earth with all living beings great and small, remembering as we go that one God kind and wise created all.

Perception of Battle

When a white army battles Indians and wins, it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre. 

Shared Spirit

All things share the same breath—the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Learning from Children

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

Sage Advice

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.

Grandfathers

…Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

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