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
Cheering Indian Wisdom quotations
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children
Wisdom and peace come when you start living the life the creator intended for you.
Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony.
How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles.
Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library.
The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.
Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people seek it.
We were contented to let things remain as the Great Spirit Chief made them.
They were not; and would change the rivers and mountains if they did not suit them.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours.
The earth was created by the assistance of the sun, and it should be left as it was. The country was made without lines of demarcation, and it is no man's business to divide it.
All things are bound together. All things connect.
The mystic and the physicist arrive at the same conclusion;
one starting from the inner realm, the other from the outer world. The harmony between their views confirms the ancient Indian wisdom that Brahman, the ultimate reality without, is identical to Atman, the reality within.
We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow!
Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.
We do not want churches. They will teach us to quarrel about God.
Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
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.
Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.
I have Indian Blood in me. I have just enough white blood for you to question my honesty!
The power of the world always works in circles.
We were like deer. They were like grizzly bear.
Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Our religions will never at any time take root;
the ancient wisdom of the human race will not be supplanted by the events in Galilee. On the contrary, Indian wisdom flows back to Europe, and will produce a fundamental change in our knowledge and thought.
Our land is everything to us.... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it - with their lives.
Our fathers gave us many laws which they had learned from their fathers. These laws were good.
An eastern contemporary, with a grain of wisdom in its wit, says that "when the whites win a fight, it is a victory, and when the Indians win it, it is a massacre."
Words alone are inadequate to express spiritual realities.
This book expresses the Red Indian spirit because it combines the best photographs ever taken of the old-time chiefs with some of their best words. You can meet these old-timers and share their wisdom. People who read this book will better understand our sacred ways.