From the treasures of the Native American culture Fan
: a collection of the choicest of native American Proverbs. Enjoy!!
-- It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest.
-- What the people believe is true.
-- Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves.
-- Before eating, always take a little time to thank the food.
-- When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
-- If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.
-- Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it.
-- All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.
-- Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
-- Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
-- Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
-- The weakness of the enemy makes our strength.
-- Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
-- When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
-- Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark.
-- Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.
-- A danger foreseen is half-avoided.
-- A good soldier is a poor scout.
-- Our first teacher is our own heart.
-- Judge not by the eye but by the heart.
-- Our pleasures are shallow, our sorrows are deep.
-- If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.
-- It is good to tell one's heart.
-- All who have died are equal.
-- Treachery darkens the chain of friendship, but truth makes it brighter than ever.
-- Never sit while your seniors stand.
-- Knowledge that is not used is abused.
-- One rain does not make a crop.
-- You already possess everything necessary to become great.
-- Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it.
-- Man's law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same.
-- The only things that need the protection of men are the things of men, not the things of the spirit.
-- We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
-- There is no death, only a change of worlds.
-- The rain falls on the just and the unjust.
-- Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.
-- All dreams spin out from the same web.
-- The one who tells the stories rules the world.
-- Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you.
-- One finger cannot lift a pebble.
-- The rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things.
-- In death, I am born.
-- Truth does not happen, it just is.
-- The supreme law of the land is the Great Spirit's law, not man's law.
-- No answer is also an answer.
-- A people without faith in themselves cannot survive.
-- Work hard, keep the ceremonies, live peaceably, and unite your hearts.
-- In age, talk; in childhood, tears.
-- A brave man dies but once, a coward many times.
-- The greatest strength is gentleness.
-- Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.
-- Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand.
-- Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.
-- When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.
-- Do not speak of evil for it creates curiosity
in the hearts of the young.
-- Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future.
-- Pray to understand what man has forgotten.
-- Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.
-- If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
-- The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
-- A good chief gives, he does not take.
-- A rocky vineyard does not need a prayer, but a pick axe.
-- You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
-- There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnakes tail.
-- I have been to the end of the earth,
I have been to the end of the waters,
I have been to the end of the sky,
I have been to the end of the mountains,
I have found none that are not my friends.
-- Thoughts are like arrows: once released, they strike their mark. Guard them well or one day you may be your own victim.
-- Every animal knows more than you do.
-- White men have too many chiefs.
-- Talk to your children while they are eating;
what you say will stay even after you are gone.
-- To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.
-- When a fox walks lame, the old rabbit jumps.
-- A starving man will eat with the wolf.
-- The coward shoots with shut eyes.
-- It is easy to be brave from a distance.
-- Ask questions from you heart and you will be answered from the heart.
-- The bird who has eaten cannot fly with the bird that is hungry.
-- It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
-- Respect the gift and the giver.
-- He who is present at a wrongdoing and does not lift a hand to prevent it, is as guilty as the wrongdoers.
-- What is past and cannot be prevented should not be grieved for.
-- Misfortunes do not flourish on one path, they grow everywhere.
-- A hungry stomach makes a short prayer.
-- Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
-- Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed.
-- Cherish youth, but trust old age.
-- Sharing and giving are the ways of God.
-- We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky.
-- Each person is his own judge.
-- Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
-- Show respect for all men, but grovel to none.
-- We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth.
-- It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.
-- When a favor is shown to a white man, he feels it in his head and the tongue speaks out; when a kindness is shown to an Indian, he feels it in his heart and the heart has no tongue.
-- With all things and in all things,we are relatives.
-- Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man.
-- The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
-- There are many good moccasin tracks along the trail of a straight arrow.
-- A people without a history is like the wind over buffalo grass.
-- The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs.
-- He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.
-- Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river.
-- Man has responsiblity, not power.
-- They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.
-- The way of the troublemaker is thorny.
-- God gives us each a song.
-- 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.
-- A man must make his own arrows.
-- Silence has so much meaning.
-- After dark all cats are leopards.
-- Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water.
-- Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
-- Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
-- If a man is to do something more than human, he must have more than human powers.
-- Even a small mouse has anger.
-- Not every sweet root give birth to sweet grass.
-- A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.
-- Always assume your guest is tired, cold, and hungry, and act accordingly.
-- Every time you wake up ask yourself. What good things am I going to do today? Remember that when the sun goes down at sunset it will take a part of your life with it.
-- I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy..........myself.
-- Give me knowledge, so I may have kindness for all.
-- Walk tall as the trees,
live strong as the mountains,
be gentle as the spring winds,
keep the warmth of the summer sun
in your heart, and the great spirit
will always be with you.
much love, light and laughter,