Native American Proverbs

Native American
Proverbs

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Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. - Native American Proverb

When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. ? Lakota Proverb

You can?t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. ? Navajo Proverb

Rituals must be performed with good and pure hearts. - Hopi Proverb

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. ? Sioux Proverb

The weakness of the enemy makes our strength. - Cherokee Proverb

Truth does not happen, it just is. ? Hopi Proverb

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. - Mohican Proverb

You cannot see the future with tears in your eyes. - Navajo Proverb

Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future. - Lumbee Proverb

The good-looking boy may be just good in the face. - Apache Proverb

There are many good moccasin tracks along the trail of a straight arrow. - Sioux Proverb

Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant. - Kiowa Proverb

When the white man discovered this country, Indians were running it. No taxes, no debt, women did all the work. White man thought he could improve on a system like this. - Cherokee Proverb

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. ? Navajo Proverb

Sharing and giving are the ways of God. ? Sauk Proverb

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

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