Native American Sayings for Walking a Peaceful Path

Native American sayings are based on an Earth-centered philosophy. To the Native American, the Earth is mother which means we're all related. In this unassuming way, the American Indian honors all he sees as a unique expression of God. This perspective purifies the heart and protects us from spiritual arrogance.

Use the Native American quotations below to inspire a respect for nature within and without.

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Native American Sayings: 1

"Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a strange ... Show respect to all people and bow to no one ... "

~Tecumseh, Shawnee~

American Indian Sayings: 2

"We humans must come again to a moral comprehension of the earth and air. We must live according to the principle of a land ethic. The alternative is that we shall not live at all.

~N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa~

Native American Sayings: 3

"Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows."

~Hunkesni (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Sioux~

Native American Quotes: 4

"You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep."

~Native Proverb~

Native American Sayings: 5

"Day and night cannot dwell together. Your religion was written on tables of stone, ours was written on our hearts."

~Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish~

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Native American Sayings: 6

"Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf."

~Native American Proverb~

Native American Sayings: 7

"That hand is not the color of your hand, but if I pierce it I shall feel pain. The blood that will follow from mine will be the same color as yours. The Great Spirit made us both."

~Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux~

Native American Sayings: 8

"When temptations comes, I don't say, "Yes," and I don't say, "No," I say, "Later." I just keep walking the Red Road--down the middle. When you're in the middle, you don't go to either extreme. You allow both sides to exist."

~Dr. A. C. Ross~Lakota

Native American Sayings: 9

"It does not require many words to speak the truth."

~Chief Joseph, Nez Perce~

American Indian Sayings: 10

"Our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch of our ancestors as we walk over this Earth."

~Chief Seattle, Duwamish Suquamish~

Native American Quotes: 11

"Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints."

~Chief Seattle, Duwamish Suquamish~

Native American Sayings: 12

"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth."

~Chief Seattle, Suqwamish and Duwamish~

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