Wisdoms


Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.
Chief Luther Standing Bear

Human law is written on paper. The natural laws are written in our hearts.
Anon

Many candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha

The man sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization. And when native man left off this form of development, his humanisation was retarded in growth.
Chief Luther Standing Bear - 1834-1908

Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way."
Native American Wisdom

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 - 1854

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Native American Proverb

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 Wisdom

The Great Spirit does right. He knows what is best for his children. We are satisfied.
Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion, or to take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own.
Chief Red Jacket - 1805

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

O' 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.
Cherokee Prayer

Good words do not last long unless they amount to something.
Chief Joseph - 1879

If you talk to the animals, they will talk to 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

Certain things catch your eye. Pursue only those that capture your heart.
Anon

Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself.
Hopi