Notable Quotes

All Birds

All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason WakanTanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by WakanTanka to be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself. — Shooter Teton Sioux

Brother

Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book? — Sogoyewapha, "Red Jacket"

White Man

I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes. — Many Horses

Our Land

Our land is everything to us. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it with their lives. — John Wooden Legs, Cheyenne

If a Man

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

A Problem

It is less of a problem to be poor than to be dishonest. — Anishinabe

Don't Be Afraid

Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. — Hopi

Profile

I got in a fight with my girlfriend," I said. "I was just driving around, blowing off steam, you know?"

Well, you should be more careful where you drive," the officer said. "You're making people nervous. You don't fit the profile of the neighborhood."

I wanted to tell him that I didn't fit the profile of the country but I knew it would just get me into trouble.”

― Sherman Alexie

Peace of Mind

Peace of mind is the meaning of life. — Talisa Santiago

For Us

For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world. — Chief Luther Standing Bear

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