Native American Quotes Reveal the Humanity of the First Americans

The Native American quotes and sayings that appear below show how native people viewed the world. Although these words have survived genocide, it's tragic that so much of this beautiful culture was destroyed.


It is my belief that by reading the Native American quotes below and holding them gently in your mind, a deeper meaning will be revealed. In this way, the ancient ones will speak to you and offer a glimpse of the world of balance and beauty in which they lived. Once you have seen this world, you can create it in your life.

Whether you're black, white, red or yellow, Native American history belongs to you. The bones of the ancestors lay just below the surface of this land that nourishes and protects us. Beneath our homes, gardens and freeways are the remains of the First Americans, who scientists believe lived here some 50,000 years before the white man came. Dig beneath the black top and you'll find a rich red road.

Let these Native American quotes speak to you and open your heart and mind to the wisdom of the ancestors. May you understand how the white man's greed and narcissism destroyed a peaceful people. May you learn from the error of the past and begin to recognize your brothers.

~ Laura Pickford Ramirez

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Native American Quotes

"Listen to all the teachers in the woods. Watch the trees, the animals and all the living things--you'll learn more from them than books."

~Joe Coyhis~

Native American Sayings

"The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors."

~Chief Plenty Coups, Crow~

Native American Quotes

"The Circle has healing power. In the Circle, we are all equal. When in the Circle, no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity. The Hoop of Life is also a circle. On this hoop there is a place for every species, every race, every tree and every plant. It is this completeness of Life that must be respected in order to bring about health on this planet."

~Dave Chief, Oglala Lakota~

Native American Quotes

"The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard."

~Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux~

Native American Quotes

"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, Santee Sioux~

Native American Sayings

"As a child I understood how to give; I have forgotten this grace since I became civilized."

~Ohiyesa, Santee Sioux~


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"Civilized people depend too much on man-made pages. I turn to the Great Spirit's book which is the whole of his creation."

~Tatanga Mani~

Native American Sayings: 8

"Some of our chiefs make the claim that the land belongs to us. It is not what the Great Spirit told me. He told me that the lands belong to Him, that no people own the land ..."

~Kanakuk, Kickapoo~

Native American Quotes

"A chief must not seek profit for himself."

~Sweet Medicine~ (Cheyenne)

"Do right always. It will give you satisfaction in life."

~Wovoka, Paiute~

"I am poor and naked but I am the chief of a nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love."

~Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux~

Native American Quotes

"The earth and myself are of one mind."

~Chief Seattle, Nez Perce~

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