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66 Native American Quotes About Nature, Death, And Life

List Of 66 Native American Quotes About Nature, Death, And Life:

#1 Proverb

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

#2 Cherokee

”The Soul would have no Rainbow if the eyes had no tears.”

#3 Chief Black Elk

”Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere… it is within each one of us.”

#4 Arapaho

”Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it.”

#5 Cheyenne

“If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.”

#6 Chief Leon Shenandoah

”The greatest power is the Creator. But, if you want to know the greatest strength… That is gentleness.”

#7 Chief Sitting Bull

Chief Sitting Bull

Portrait shows the chief of the Sioux tribe Sitting Bull (1831 – 1890), known as Tatanka Iyotake to his people, as he sits in Bismarck, North Dakota, 1881 – @Getty

”Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.”

#8 Cheyenne

“Our first teacher is our own heart.”

#9 Cheyenne

“Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.”

#10 Chief Seattle

”Day and night cannot dwell together. The Red Man has ever fled the approach of the White Man, as the morning mist flees before the morning sun.”

#11 CherokeeCherokee

”Pay attention to the whispers, so we won’t have to listen to the screams.”

#12 Prayer

“Oh Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.”

#13 Chief Sitting Bull

”It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.”

#14 Pima

”Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.”

#15 Chief Joseph

”The Earth and myself are of one mind.”

#16 Chief Seattle

”Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

#17 Chief Tecumseh

”Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.”

#18 Chief Crazy Horse

Chief Crazy Horse

Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux (1845-1877). He led the charge of the Cheyennes against General Custer at Little Big Horn – @Getty

”I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become One Circle again.”

#19 John (Fire) Lame Deer

John (Fire) Lame Deer

John Fire Lame Deer, a Lakota holy man, poses for a portrait whle promoting the publication of Richard Erdoes’s book ‘Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions,’ in September 1972 – @Getty

“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore, among us there were no thieves.”

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#20 Chief Seattle

”Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless.”

#21 Chief Sitting Bull

”It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we, therefore, yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.”

#22 Chief Geronimo

Chief Geronimo

Studio portrait of Native American Apache Indian chief Geronimo (c.1829 – 1909) – @Getty

“I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us.”

#23 Nez Perce

”Every animal knows more than you do.”

#24 Chief Tecumseh

”Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.”

#25 Tuscarora

“Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river.”

#26 Lakota

”When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.”

#27 Chief Flying Hawk

”Nobody can be in good health if he does not have all the time fresh air, sunshine and good water.”

#28 Chief Cornstalk

”All savages seem to us alike as the trees of the distant forest. Here and there one unites in his own person, all the excellencies, and becomes the favorable representative of the whole, the image of savage greatness, the one grand character in which all others are lost to history or observation.”

#29 Chief Tecumseh

”Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.”

#30 Chief Geronimo


Geronimo (1829-1909), Chiricahua Apache warrior in Indian clothing and feathered headdress

”While living I want to live well.”

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#31 Chief Seattle

”Humans merely share the earth. We can only protect the land, not own it.”

#32 NavajoNavajo

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.”

#33 Chief Crazy Horse

”I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.”

#34 Chief Geronimo

”I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures.”

#35 Crow

”You already possess everything necessary to become great.”

#36 Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George

Chief Dan, hereditary chief of Canada’s Salish Indian tribe, is up for an Academy Award as “Best Supporting Actor” for his role as an-yep! you guessed it!-Indian chief in the current film Little Big Man – @Getty

”The only thing necessary for tranquility in the world is that every child grows up happy.”

#37 Chief Tecumseh

”When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that 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.”

#38 Cherokee

”The weakness of the enemy makes our strength.”

#39 Apache

“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.”

#40 Cherokee

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much today.”

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#41 Shenandoah 

”It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.”

#42 Chief Sitting Bull

”Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”

#43 Chief Black Elk

”The Great Spirit is everywhere; He hears whatever is in our minds and our hearts, and it is not necessary to speak to Him in a loud voice.”

#44 Sioux

”Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man.”

#45 Chief Tecumseh

”When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

#46 Chief Cornstalk

”When I was a young man and went to war, I thought that might be the last time, and I would return no more. Now I am here among you; you may kill me if you please; I can die but once; and it is all one to me, now or another time.”

#47 Chief Victorio

”Some need a series of defeats before developing the strength and courage to win a victory.”

#48 Cherokee

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”

#49 Chief Joseph

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

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#50 Hopi

“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”

#51 Massasoit

”The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?”

#52 Assiniboine

”Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves.”

#53 Proverb

“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.”

#54 Arapaho

“When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.”

#55 Cheyenne

“Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark.”

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#56 Chief Black Elk

”Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”

#57 Chief Black Elk

”One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.”

#58 Proverb

”A frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.”

#59 Chief Seattle

”Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

#60 Chief Red Cloud

”We do not want riches. We want peace and love.”

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#61 Chief Black Elk

“Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round . . .”

#62 Chief Seattle

“Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench.”

#63 Chief Luther Standing Bear

“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’”

#64 Arapaho

”All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.”

#65 Chief Black Elk

”Great Spirit, the good road and the road of difficulties you have made me cross; and where they cross, the place is holy.”

#66 Mary Brave Bird, Lakota

“The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being.”

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Sam Meyer

Friday 16th of December 2022

It is better to live the quotes than simply read them


Saturday 26th of August 2023

@Sam Meyer, love of life is always found in the awareness of nature around you


Friday 16th of October 2020

Is the following proverb of Native American origin: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one." If not, do you know it's origin?

Christopher Adams

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Great Quotes! I use them for my students!

Parag Tanaji Yadav

Sunday 26th of May 2019

Great quotes ?

Ron Marriott

Saturday 25th of May 2019

Thank You for these basics, and thoughtful comments, I am a devout friend of White Eagle, and his followers. What a wonderful Code Of Conduct😇