Native American Proverbs

Native American
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Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us ,the storms and blessings of the earth. We learn to do what only the student of nature ever learns, and that is to feel beauty. We never rail at the storms, the furious winds ,the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensifies human futility, so whatever comes we should adjust ourselves by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint. Bright days and dark days are both expressions of the Great Mystery, and the Indian reveled in being close the the Great Holiness. - Chief Luther Standing Bear

Misfortunes do not flourish on one path, they grow everywhere. ? Pawnee Proverb

Our pleasures are shallow, our sorrows are deep. ? Cheyenne Proverb

A man must make his own arrows. - Winnebago Proverb

Be still and the earth will speak to you. - Navajo Proverb

Don't allow the grass to grow on the path of friendship. ? Native American Proverb

God gives us each a song. ? Ute Proverb

If you want to see what your body will look like tomorrow, look at your thoughts today. - Navajo Proverb

Lakota Instructions for Living - Friend do it this way - that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind. And if you do it that way, the Power Of The Universe will come to your assistance, if your heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do effects everything in the universe. If you do it that way - that is, if you truly join your heart and mind as One - whatever you ask for, that's the Way It's Going To Be.

Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves. - Assiniboine Proverb

Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. ? Lakota Sioux Proverb

A man or woman with many children has many homes. - Lakota Sioux Proverb

Before eating, always take a little time to thank the food. When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. ? Arapaho Proverb

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

He who is present at a wrongdoing and does not lift a hand to prevent it, is as guilty as the wrongdoers. - Native American Proverb

In age, talk; in childhood, tears. - Hopi Proverb

Let no one speak ill of the absent. -Hopi Proverb

Native American Ten Commandments Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect Remain close to the Great Spirit Show great respect for your fellow beings Work together for the benefit of all Mankind Give assistance and kindness wherever needed Do what you know to be right Look after the well-being of Mind and Body Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good Be truthful and honest at all times Take full responsibility for your actions-

Power comes from the heart...your head will run away from you, but your heart is always with you. ? Blackfoot Proverb

A people without a history are like the wind over buffalo grass. ? Sioux Proverb

Before me peaceful, behind me peaceful, under me peaceful, over me peaceful, all around me peaceful. - Navajo Proverb

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. ? Cherokee Proverb

He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. ? Seneca Proverb

In death, I am born. ? Hopi Proverb

Let your eyes be offended by the sight of lying and deceitful men. - Hopi Proverb

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