Native American Proverbs

Native American
Proverbs

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The Great Spirit does right. He knows what is best for his children. We are satisfied. Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion, or to take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own. - Chief Red Jacket

There can never be peace between nations until it is first known that true peace is within the souls of men. - Oglala Sioux Proverb

Walk tall as the trees, live strong as the mountains, be gentle as the spring winds, keep the warmth of the summer sun in your heart, and the great spirit will always be with you. - American Indian Proverb

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

You can't win them all. ? Navajo Proverb

Show respect for all men, but grovel to none. ? Shawnee Proverb

The greatest strength is gentleness. - Iroquois Proverb

There is a need for obedience all around us. - Sauk Proverb

We always return to our first loves. - Native American Proverb

When you die, you will be spoken of as those in the sky, like the stars. - Yurok Proverb

You must live your life from beginning to end: No one else can do it for you. - Hopi Proverb

Silence has so much meaning. ? Yurok Proverb

The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs. - Navajo Proverb

There is no death, only a change of worlds. ? Duwamish Proverb

We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky. ? Shawnee Proverb

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, strike first. - Navajo Proverb

You should water your children like you water a tree. - Hopi Proverb

Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence ... What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character. ? Ohiyesa Proverb

The more you give, the more good things come to you. - Crow Proverb

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake?s tail. ? Navajo Proverb

We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth. - Shenandoah Proverb

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 Proverb

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. ? Shawnee Proverb

The one who tells the stories rules the world. - Hopi Proverb

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

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