Notable Quotes

Hold On

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.

— Pueblo Prayer

Me and James

It's just me and James walking and walking except he's on my back and his eyes are looking past the people who are looking past us for the coyote of our soul and the wolverine of our heart and the crazy crazy man that touches every Indian who spends too much time alone. ― Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

We Stand

We stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant. ― Onondaga

I Will Abandon

I will willingly abandon this miserable body to hunger and suffering, provided that my soul may have its ordinary nourishment. ― Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

I Love the Land

I love the land of winding waters more then all the rest of the world. A man who would not love his father's grave is worse then a wild animal. — Chief Joseph

When the Earth Is Sick

When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, the warriors of the rainbow will come to save them. — Chief Seattle

Among the Indians

Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation.... This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact. — George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-bowh) Ojibwa Chief

Never Give Up

There is but one secret to success: never give up. ― Ben Nighthorse Campbell

A Man in Your City

Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench. ― Chief Seattle

The Holy Land

The Holy Land is everywhere. ― Black Elk