It is important to understand that there are many different ways of seeing the world and expressing the wisdom of Native belief...No one voice speaks for all voices.

— Joseph Bruchac

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The best teachers have shown me that things have to be done bit by bit.

Nothing that means anything happens quickly - we only think it does.


There are many people who could claim and learn from their Indian ancestry, but because of the fear their parents and grandparents knew, because of past and present prejudice against Indian people, that part of their heritage is clouded or denied.

Joseph Bruchac quote Strong words outlast the paper they are

Strong words outlast the paper they are written upon.


We need to walk to know sacred places, those around us and those within.

We need to walk to remember the songs.


Kill every enemy twice, Wilky said. Better than gettin' shot by a soldier pretending to be dead.


Strong words outlast the paper they are written upon.


A story is a burden which must be carried with as much care as we carry a sleeping child


Native people such as the Cherokees are just as human and complex and real as Americans are, and our nation needs to respect American Indian cultures and traditions.


A journal is a very personal thing. As far as possible, to write this sort of book you need to know and feel your character as a person and then put yourself into that person's mind, place and time. Trying to stay in that person, place and time is a challenge when surrounded by this very different world of the 21st century.


Knowledge is easy to come by. Understanding what you know takes much longer.


Another of the hard things about being in a war, grandchildren, is that although there are times of quiet when the fighting has stopped, you know you will soon be fighting again. Those quiet times give you the chance to think about what has happened. Some of it you would rather not think about, as you remember the pain and the sorrow. You also have time to worry about what will happen when you go into battle again.


The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit.

Nothing that means anything happens quickly--we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making. So it is with a life, anyone's life.


Guilt can make you doubt yourself at the very moment when you need to proceed with certainty.


About Joseph Bruchac

Quotes 20 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16, 1942

There is a kind of certainty that seems to characterize Jared Smith's best work, an understanding about place and the flow of spirit that makes you think of Thoreau along with a commitment as fierce as that of Pablo Neruda.


Never think that war is a good thing, grandchildren.

Though it may be necessary at times to defend our people, war is a sickness that must be cured. War is a time out of balance. When it is truly over, we must work to restore peace and sacred harmony once again.


If it wasn't for good," my mother says, "we human beings would have been wiped out a long time ago. Either the monsters would have gotten us or we would have killed each other off with greed and jealousy and anger. So we have to believe in good. We have to look for the good in ourselves.


As long as we can remember them, our families will always be with us.


One of the things I've been taught by Native American elders is the importance of patience, of waiting to do things when the time is right. As an Onondaga friend put it to me, "you can't pick berries until the berries are ripe."


When the Lakota leader Sitting Bull was asked by a white reporter why his people loved and respected him, Sitting Bull replied by asking if it was not true that among white people a man is respected because he has many horses, many houses? When the reporter replied that was indeed true, Sitting Bull then said that his people respected him because he kept nothing for himself.


Do we make ourselves into what we become or is it built into our genes, into the fate spun for us by whatever shapes events?