Notable Quotes

Proving the Trust

I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust.

My Lands

My lands are where my dead lie buried.

Cities

There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities, no place to hear the leaves of spring or the rustle of insects’ wings. Perhaps it is because I am a savage and do not understand, but the clatter only seems to insult the ears.

One Mind

The earth and myself are of one mind.

God

I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.

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.

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