Native American quotes are the best type of quotes, because they provide a glimpse into the Native American culture, and into their thoughts. Some of these quotes are from famous Native Americans, but many are from Native American stories. Some of the quotes are funny, while others are wise. Some of them say something about life, while others say something about the world we live in today. The list below is a compilation of some of the best Native American quotes that can be found on the internet.
“When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists — as it surely will. Then act with courage.”Chief White Eagle, Ponca
“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.”Chief Seattle, Duwamish
“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.”Sun Bear, Chippewa
“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.”Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation
“I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.”Lone Man (Isna-la-wica), Teton Sioux
“I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don’t want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.”Chief Satanta, Kiowa
“The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us…..That which we put into the ground she returns to us.”Big Thunder Wabanaki, Algonquin
“Honor the sacred. Honor the Earth, our Mother. Honor the Elders. Honor all with whom we share the Earth:-Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones, Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people. Walk in balance and beauty.”Native American Elder
“Friend do it this way-that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and minds. And if you do it that way, the Power of the Universe will come to your assistance, if you heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation ins 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 the Way it’s Going to be.”Lakota Instructions for Living passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman