"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert

"Carve your blessings in stone." ~Anon
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca

"Words pulsate in the veins of my pen"™Leah C. Dancel


Dr Gill Hicks - precious human being

"People had risked their own lives to save mine. It didn’t matter what my name was, nor colour of skin, religion or bank balance – all that mattered was that I was a precious human being." ~Dr Gill Hicks MBE, Peace campaigner Australian of the year 2015: South Australia


Millard Fillmore - change

"It is not strange to mistake change for progress." ~Millard Fillmore


William Jennings Bryan - Destiny

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain." ~William Jennings Bryan

Jon Bon Jovi - mountain

The Bluff
Encounter Bay, SA
24 September 2010

"Any time that you think you've hit the top of the mountain, the truth of the matter is you've just reached another mountain. And it's there to climb all over again." ~Jon Bon Jovi

Alan Hovhaness - nature

"I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God." ~Alan Hovhaness

Mike McIntyre - giver

“Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.” ~Mike McIntyre

Jim Davis - vegetables

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie." ~Jim Davis


Mary Kay - setbacks

"One of the secrets of success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us." ~Mary Kay


NATIVE AMERICAN Proverbs, Quotes and Wisdom


"All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven." ~Native American Code of Ethics

"Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow." ~Native American Code of Ethics

"Don't let others make your path for you. It is yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you."
~Native American Code of Ethics

Postcard from Bill and Ma

"Beauty before me,
Beauty behind me,
Beauty all around me.
I am surrounded in beauty.
In beauty I walk."
~Traditional Navajo blessing


"May Mother Earth guide your feet.
May Father Sky keep his arms around you.
May Grandfather Sun warm your cold days.
May Grandmother Moon Keep the Glow
in your heart.
May the Star Nations Light the way
to the next destination,
and the Great Spirit always keep you
shielded from the pain.
Blessings to you."
~Native Americans


"May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world,
And know its beauty all the days of your life."
~Apache Prayer

Source: FB


"All things are connected, like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves." ~Chief Seattle

"All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man ... the air share its spirit with all the life it supports." ~Chief Seattle

"Certain things catch your eyes, but pursue only those that capture the heart." ~Ancient Indian Proverb

"Every time you wake up and 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." ~Indian Proverb

"Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay attention. Learn quickly." ~Cherokee Saying

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

"If you seek to understand the whole universe, you will understand nothing at all. If you seek only to understand yourself, you will understand the whole universe." ~Native American Proverb

"It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand." ~Native American Proverb

"Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work." ~Indian Proverb

"Listen to the wind, it talks;
Listen to the silence, it speaks;
Listen to your heart, it knows."
~Native American Proverb

"Listen with your heart. Learn from your experiences, and always be open to new ones" ~Cherookee Proverb

"Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins." ~Native American Proverb

“No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.” ~Native American Proverb

"No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves." ~Native Americans

"Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it." ~Crow

"Pay attention to the whispers, so we won't have to listen to the screams." ~Cherokee Proverb

"The journey between who you once were and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place." ~Native American Proverb

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears." ~Native American Proverb

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." ~Native American Proverb

"Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children." ~Ancient Indian Proverb

"When one foot walks, the other foot rests." ~Indian Proverb
"When you arise in the morning
give thanks for the morning light.
Give thanks for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food
And give thanks for the joy of living
And if perchance you see no reason
for giving thanks,
Rest assured the fault is in yourself."

~American Indian Saying~
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." ~Cherokee Expression

"With all things and in all things, we are relatives." ~Native American Proverb

"You can’t purchase friendship—you have to do your part to make it." ~Sauk Proverb

"You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep." ~Navajo Proverb

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"Ask questions from your heart, and you will receive answers from your heart."

"Dreams are wiser than men."

"It is easy to show braveness from a safe distance."

"Misfortune happens even to the wisest and best men."

"The clear sky and the green fruitful Earth are good; but peace among men is better."


"A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong." ~Tecumseh

"A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky." ~Crazy Horse

"A man from the earth am I, I have sung concerning an event from which have compassion on me, whoever from above, you are the supreme ruler.” ~Lonewolf (Isnala wico), Sihasapa Teton

"All our lives we carry secrets with us that we long to reveal to someone who understands." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"Angry people want you to see how powerful they are. Loving people want you to see how powerful you are." ~Chief Red Eagle

"As you develop your mind to be aware of nature, you are experiencing a series of connections to the web of life. Also, you find this form of enlightenment is needed in this world today." ~Tony Ten Fingers

"As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer." ~Black Elk

"Believing people can soar beyond ordinary life." ~Fools Crow, LAKOTA

"Children are the ones that matter most, they are the true human beings ." ~Native Americans

"Each one must learn for himself the highest wisdom. It cannot be taught in words." ~Smowhala, Wanapum (1815-1895)

"Grown men may learn from little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss."~Black Elk, Native American Spiritual Leader

“Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.” –White Eagle

"He [The Great Spirit] only sketches out the path of life roughly for all the creatures on earth, shows them where to go, where to arrive, but leaves them to find their own way to get there. He wants them to act independently according to their nature, to the urges of each of them." ~Lame Deer, LAKOTA

"Heal yourself - your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness." ~Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

"Hear me, that the people may once again find the a Good Road and the Shielding Tree." ~Black Elk

"How often what seems to be an unfriendly atmosphere is only a lack of time. Some of our dearest friends are hidden behind the mask of hurry. And we need so desperately to know each other." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"I am the maker of my own fortune - as great as the conception of my own mind, when I think of the spirit that rules the universe. ~TECUMSEH -SHAWNEE CHIEF

"I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more." ~Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

"I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit. All things - and I mean ALL things - have their own will and their own way and their own purpose; this is what is to be respected." ~Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

"I know the Great Spirit is looking down upon me from above, and will hear what I say." ~SITTING BULL

"I think over again my small adventures
My fears, those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things I had to get and reach
And yet there is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world."
~Anon Inuit

"I will follow the white man's trail.
I will make him my friend,
but I will not bend my back to his burdens.
I will be cunning as a coyote.
I will ask him to help me understand his ways,
then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children.
The Great Spirit has shown me -
a day will come when they will outrun
the white man in his own shoes." ~Many Horses

"I would rather cover the earth with love than to have it cover me with hate" ~Chief Dan George

"If the legends fall silent, who will teach the children of our ways? ~Chief Dan George

"In our traditional ways, the woman is the foundation of the family." ~Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders

"In these times when trouble and violence are increasing, we have no choice but to face this mounting chaos as one family of people." ~White Buffalo Day Proclamation 27 August 2002

"It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand." ~Apache

"It is difficult to wake up once you've become a sheep" ~from Native Americans

"It's not the color of your skin that makes you native, it's what is in your heart." ~Chief Charles Red Cloud

"It is the Mothers, not the Warriors, who create a people and guide their destiny." ~Sioux

"It takes a strong person to remain single in a world that is accustomed to settling with anything just to say they have something." ~Reamus Wilson

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." ~Sitting Bull

"Listening comes in many ways. We listen with all our senses, knowing many times without having to be told what someone's needs are." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes so that when my life fades as the fading sunset, my spirit can come to you without shame." ~Native American Quote from Native Americans

"Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." ~Chief Seattle

"Man's heart away from nature becomes hard." ~Standing Bear

"Man's law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same." ~Crow (Native Americans)

"May the dawn of each new day bring great promise and inner strength." ~from Native Americans

"May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all,
May silence make you strong."
~Chief Dan George

"May there be peace when we meet." ~Audrey Shenandoah (Onondaga)

"Neither anger nor fear shall find lodging in your mind." ~Dekanawidah (Cherokee)

"Never throw your rope before you build the loop." ~Colt

"Not one of us can testify that we have nothing within our lives and thoughts that we cannot reveal. And many of us have not expressed our innermost thoughts because we have found no one in whom we can confide." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"One does not sell the land people walk on." ~Crazy Horse

"One of the greatest feelings in the world is to discover we haven't told something we cherish very much to someone we once thought we could trust." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"Only an open heart will catch a dream." ~from Native Americans FB

"Our children are watching." ~Chief Robert Joseph

"Our land is more valuable than your money. It will last forever. It will not even perish by the flames of fire. As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals. We cannot sell the lives of men and animals. It was put here by the Great Spirit and we cannot sell it because it does not belong to us." ~Crowfoot

"People and nations who understand the Natural Law are self-governing, following the principles of love and respect that insure freedom and peace." ~Traditional Circle of Elders, NAVAJO-HOPI Joint Use Area
"Gentleness is one of the greatest attributes of the Warrior and one of the greatest mental powers. It takes a lot of love to be gentle. Gentleness is not an ego word. Gentleness is the weapon of the Great Spirit." ~Leon Shenandoah ONONDAGA

"People become more civilized, more peaceful, more as God intended them to be when they take time to make friends out of acquaintances." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"Pray to understand what man has forgotten." ~Lumbee

"My Creator, today I will be gentle with myself and with others. I will listen to the whisper of my heart and learn the power of being gentle." ~Leon Shenandoah ONONDAGA

"Our elders have taught us many lessons about becoming a Warrior and how to think and act like one.We have been told about the power of gentleness. We have been told about the power of stillness. Physical power is about effort. Mental power is the opposite. It's about being effortless or less any effort." ~Leon Shenandoah ONONDAGA

"Religion is for people who are afraid to go to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there." ~Vine Deloria, Sioux

"Sometimes we listen with our hearts and understand in silence. Sometimes we simply have to put ourselves into a situation to understand all sides of it. And we best do so by listening." ~Native American Spirituality and Thought

"The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the result of that love." ~Chief Sitting Bull

"The fire of hope almost went out; we have to rekindle it." ~Chief Red Cloud, 1822-1909

"The greatest gift we can seek is peace of mind, to walk in balance, to respect all things." ~Elders (ONONDAGA)

"The greatest strength is in gentleness." ~Leon Shenandoah ONONDAGA
"That spiritual power I wear is much more beautiful and much greater. We call it wisdom, knowledge, power and gift or love. There are these four parts to that spiritual power. So I wear those. When you wear that power it will beautify your mind and spirit". ~Wallace Black Elk, Lakota Sioux-

"The greatest tragedy of life is not that we quarrel with our fellows, but that we do not take the time to know them." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"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. " ~Chief Joseph , NEZ PERCE

"The hearts of little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss." ~Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA LAKOTA

"The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves." ~Black Elk(Oglala)

"The only thing necessary for tranquility in the world is that every child grows up happy." ~Chief Dan George

"The Warriors greatest strength is his heart." ~Native Americans

"These words are mine and they are true." ~Chief Meninock

"Race and language makes no difference; the barriers are gone when persons can come together on high spiritual levels." ~Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

"The fire of hope almost went out; we have to rekindle it." ~Chief Red Cloud (Mahpiya Luta), Oglala Lakota (1822-1909)

"The hearts of little children are pure, and therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss." ~Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) OGLALA LAKOTA

"The land is sacred. These words are at the core of our being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies." ~Mary Brave Bird, Lakota

"The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were. The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves." ~Black Elk from FB Native Americans

"There are relationships in our lives better and closer than the ordinary. Closer yet than brothers or sisters are those with whom we can share all our secrets, we think." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"To be a good listener endears many a friendship. Everyone needs someone with whom to talk at length on all subjects without later regret. " ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"Understanding comes when people are allowed to talk to one another. They discover the ways and needs, the loves and hopes, and the despairs and fears when they take enough time to speak of them. All these things that make for understanding and compassion come from personal contact and the knowledge and practice of good will." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"We all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different." ~John Fire Lame Deer (Native American)

"We are the natural nurturers of the Earth Mother. The Earth Mother needs our help, she needs our prayers. We need to educate the women of the world that prayer works." ~Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim

"We cannot own the land. We are but custodians of the land.' Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

"We have been guilty of only one sin - we have had possessions that the white man coveted." ~Eagle Wing (Sioux),1881

"We need to save those Elders who cannot speak for themselves - the trees." ~Haida Gwaii, Circle of Elders

"We were taught generosity to the poor and reverence for the Great Mystery. Religion was the basis of all Indian training." ~Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX

"What a sad state of affairs when life imparts that others cannot always be trusted. What a shock to realize we have given all our hearts and bared our souls to people whose curiosity was the only motive that compelled them to listen." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

"What you see with your eyes shut is what counts." ~Lame Deer

"When the earth is sick, the animals begin to disappear, when that happens, the Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them." ~Chief Seattle

"When you find the peace within yourself, you know you have found the path." ~Native Americans

"When you grow up and you are ready, your ancestors show up to guide you." ~David White Hawk

"When you lose the drumbeat of spirit, you are lost from the peace and rhythm of life." ~Cheyenne

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." ~Tecumseh

"When you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing." ~Grandmother of Charles Eastman, SANTEE

‪"Wisdom and peace come when you start living the life the Creator intended for you." ~Geronimo, Apache Chief, 1829-1909‬

“Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.” –Tecumseh Shawnee Chief

"When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." ~Tecumseh

"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out." ~Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

"You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free be contented to be penned up" ~Joseph (1830-1904), NEZ PERCE CHIEF ( Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekeht - from Reggie Arthur)

"You must give to the river the kindness you would Give to any brother." ~Chief Seattle

Native Wisdom

"Anxiety is as contagious as measles. Even when we are calm and secure, listening to what could happen - what likely will happen - can drag us into deep anxiety. Be on guard against the spread of rumors and what "could" happen. Sure, things can happen and most likely will if we start listening to the sensational reports that the whole population could be wiped out by overeating. We could also be bruised by running into the bones of skinny people - but neither is apt to happen. Use some common sense, refuse to be roped into thinking every report is gospel. And give yourself credit for using your head in hearing anxious reports. We preferred our own way of living." ~CRAZY HORSE - SIOUX

"Big changes require many small ones. Any change seems sudden, regardless of how much we prepare for it. We wait for it, expect it, and resent its intrusion. Change is needed to stay young and vital and moving. Without it we stagnate, lose our keenness of thought, and too often fall into melancholy. Even in the best of times change takes a certain amount of adjustment. Our biggest problem with change is that we expect it to be bad rather than something that will make us happier. To a tsa su ga, a flea, a dog is the whole world, says a Cherokee. As much as we like where we are, it isn’t the whole world. There are bigger things---and better. We have to be able to see beyond the dog. I have made myself what I am." ~TECUMSEH 1810

"Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we share the Earth:-
Four-legged, two-legged, winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty." ~Native American Elder

"Another whole world opens up when we close our eyes and calm our mind. Be still and know; be still and hear; be still and see; be still and feel. Inside every person is a still, small voice. Sometime it is necessary to close our eyes to shut down our perception in order to see. Try this occasionally; when you are talking to your child or spouse, close your eyes and listen to them. Listen to the tone of their voice; listen to their excitement; listen to their pain-listen. Great Spirit, today, let me hear only what really counts." ~LAKOTA

"Like attracts like. If we give up, so will others. If we cry, so will they. But if we decide this is a new beginning, others will take courage. We influence other people. Our attitudes send out ripples of feeling - like the scent of flowers that floats on air currents. What we think and say sets the stage for what is to happen. We can change our minds, our words, our attitudes, and we stop crying. We act like our prayers are already answered and take steps to show we believe it. When the early morning sun breaks through the far side of the woods, the dark places are lighted and much healing takes place. And so it is with us." ~Great Spirit, you lived first, and you are older than all need. ~BLACK ELK

"Love is something you and I must have.
We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it.
We must have it because without it, we become weak and faint.
Without love, our self-esteem weakens.
Without it, our courage fails.
Without love, we can no longer look out confidently at the world. We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little we destroy ourselves." ~Chief Dan George (1899 - 1981), Tsleil-Waututh

"Most of us fear that someone will challenge our right to be a certain way, to be able to do a certain thing. What will people think if they find out we are only ordinary human beings? What others think does not count for much. It is what we think about ourselves and what we tell ourselves that make all the difference. Of course we are ordinary—why shouldn’t we be? What is wrong with being a good person? Who can dare suggest there is something wrong with having high values and respect for ourselves? Think well of yourself, live your life well—and let others think what they want. If we are wounded we go to Mother Earth ... to heal us." ~BEDAGI, WABANAKI

"Much has grieved us, we cannot deny it. Strong as we are, believing as we do, we are still grieved, and we must overcome it. To stop grieving does not mean we no longer care, but that we cannot let this emotion consume us when we need a steady hand and a firm step. It will creep back in unlikely moments to make us cry but time will replace the pain with happy memories. Once we have a flicker of light we can know that grieving is at an end. It can no longer take our whole thought because we have things to do, places to go, and a life to live. This is the time.
"He orders all things, and He has given us a fine day." ~Native American Spirituality and Thoughts

“Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks.” ~Sioux Indian Prayer

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

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Micmac Prayer

O Our Creator and Great Grandfather of all,
Who dwells in the Spirit land known as heaven,
We beg that you look toward us, your children
Who live here on Mother Earth and hear our prayer:
Because, Our Creator, we learn to believe
With the highest respect,
The law you had set forth.
We ask that you bring to us, this day,
Good spirits from the four directions:
East, South, West, North
So that when we put our minds together for this gathering,
We will be of one heart before we leave
Bless us with understanding, strength and compassion
And may we always walk the path to heaven
That you made for us.

Source: Ya-Native dot com
Author: Reamus Wilson

"The attitude of our leaders will be the attitude of the people. The attitude of the parents will be the attitude of the children. If respect is shown from above, respect will be developed below. If the Elders show respect, the younger people will be respectful. As above, so below. This happens because of interconnectedness. The heart of the Elders is connected to the heart of the youth.
"As Elders, it is our place to show respect to our young people in order to gain respect." ~Grace Azak, NISGA'A

"There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unknown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth.
The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him." ~Chief Luther Standing Bear

"We are created by God to be vision people. First we set the goal and then we see. If we create within ourselves a picture or vision and we hold that picture or vision in our mind, whatever we picture will show up in our reality. If we can see ourselves being educated, then schools and teachers will show up in our lives. If we picture in our mind a positive, spiritual person to be in our lives, we will attract this type of person in our relationships. How big can our dreams be?" ~Fools Crow, LAKOTA

"We have to believe that it is possible to have the courage needed to do the impossible. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all there is to do in our lives - and even more overwhelmed by what needs to be done in the world. Courage will help us do what Spirit calls us to do.

Courage doesn't mean not to have fear or not to feel overwhelmed; courage means to act from the heart. If the Spirit lives in our heart, we can move ahead with confidence. There may be no signs that promise better times, but remember they are possible. Depend on that glimmer of inner light and know that those who do the impossible are those who kept going when everyone said it couldn't be done.

We were given food that was rich and sweet to the taste." ~KICKING BIRD, KIOWA

"We never gain new knowledge or new experience unless we are willing to take risks. It's good to be curious. Also, it pays to be cautious. Walk in balance. The path of the Warrior is filled with opportunities to seek new knowledge. As we travel down the Red Road, we will run into trails of opportunity. Down each of these trails are experiences from which we will learn. Experience plus action is the beginning of knowledge." ~Grandmother of Charles Eastman, SANTEE SIOUX

"What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across
the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

"What's important to you? What do you listen for? If you are in tune with the Great Spirit, you will be able to hear when It speaks." ~Native American (Anon)

"We're sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility, all the beautiful attributes that we've been given. So turn to one another; love one another; respect one another; respect Mother Earth; respect the waters-because that's life itself!" ~Phil Lane, Sr. YANKTON SIOUX

"When I am too old and feeble to follow my sheep or cultivate my corn, I plan to sit in the house, carve Katichina dolls, and tell my nephews and nieces the story of my life... Then I want to be buried in the Hopi way. Perhaps my boy will dress me in the costume of a Special Officer, place a few beads around my neck, put a paho and some sacred corn meal in my hand, and fasten inlaid turquoise to my ears. If he wishes to put me in a coffin, he may do even that, but he must leave the lid unlocked, place food near by, and set up a grave ladder so that I can climb out. I shall hasten to my dear ones, but I will return with good rains and dance as a Katcina in the plaza with my ancestors..." ~Don Talayesva (Hopi Sun Clan Chief)

"When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money." ~Cree Prophecy

"Wisdom come at a great price. It is not stumbled upon or given. It is bought and paid for by experiences and a willingness to learn from everything.
The same is so for humor for without sorrow, Joy is false and amounts to nothing more than a laugh or two." ~Ulanigida Selu

"You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the
ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves." ~Unknown


"Great Spirit in the Sky....
Here I stand with tears in my eyes
See my brokeness
Help me with your strengh
To walk right on the red path
Being aware of what I depend
The Mother Earth
The Father Sky
The Four Directions
All my relations
In the mineral, plants and animals
And between men of all colors
That I seek for truth and don't forget the humbleness
As i know all comes from You
And its my duty to take care of it
To keep it in balance
And not hurt anybody
And be ready to forgive
And give love as I received it
As we all walk at your feet
So I can come to You with a clear mind
And do the things you want me to do
To keep this circle of life going on in balance." ~Author Unknown

On The Red Road

"Sometimes though I may not understand why things turn out the way they do
I always know Creator ,that you have your reasons and that my life is guided by you
I will never doubt and I promise to always listen to what you’re telling me
I will always follow my heart for I know that is where you are, and I believe
I have been so blessed by you I know , My faith in you is undying
Even through my struggles, I knew , even when I was crying
I embrace your love always , Your love is so amazing to me
I am in awe each day by the miracle of your love and your peace
In me you have a loyal servant , and I will do all that I can do
To spread the love, the joy, the peace and harmony of you
On the Red Road ,with love in my heart,I will walk through my journey
With respect to all of your creations, my heart filled with your beauty."~Halona Yazzie

"Walk on a trail of song
and all about you will be beauty.
There is a way out of every dark mist,
over the rainbow trail." ~Navajo Poem

"Walk tall as the trees;
Live strong as the mountains,
Be gentle as the spring winds,
Keep the warm of the summer sun,
In your heart, and the Great Spirit
Will always be with you." ~In The Company of Wolves, FB

"I walk with Earth under my feet
I walk with visions in my eyes
I walk with fire inside me
I walk with Spirits as my guides
When I feel like I can't breathe
I take a walk and I am healed
I'm walking back to the center
I'm walking through the sacred field
I'm walking deeper and deeper
Learning the secrets to the night
I'm looking into the fire
I'm looking past the light
When I feel like I can't breathe
I take a walk and I am healed
I'm walking back to the center
I'm running through the sacred field
I hear them calling my name." ~The Great Spirit, FB

A young Lakota asked his Grandfather why life had to be so difficult sometimes. This was the old mans reply:

Grandfather says this

In life there is sadness as well as joy
Losing as well as well as winning
Falling as well as standing
Hunger as well as plenty
Bad as well as good

Grandfather does not say this
To make you despair
But to teach you reality
To teach you that life is a journey
Sometimes walked in light
Sometimes in shadow

Grandfather says this

You did not ask to be born
But you are here
You have weaknesses
As well as strength
You have both because in life
There are two of everything

Within you is the will to win
As well as the willingness to lose
The heart to feel compassion
As well as the smallness to be arrogant
Within you is the way to face life
As well as the fear to turn away from it

Grandfather says this

Life can give you strength
It can come from facing the storms of life
From knowing loss
From feeling sadness and heartache
From falling into the depths of grief

You must stand up in the storm
You must face the wind
And the cold and the darkness
When the storm blows hard
You must stand firm
For it is not trying to knock you down
It is really trying to teach you to be strong

Grandfather says this

Being strong means taking one more step
Towards the top of the hill
No matter how weary you may be
It means letting the tears flow
Through the grief
It means to keep looking for the answer
Though darkness of despair is all around you

It means to cling to hope
For one more heartbeat
For one more sunrise
Each step, no matter how difficult
Is one more step closer
To the top of the hill

To keep hope alive
For one more heartbeat at a time
Leads to the light of the next sunrise
And the promise of a new day

Grandfather says this

The weakest step
Towards the top of the hill
Towards the sunrise
Towards hope
Is stronger
Then the fieriest storm

Grandfather says this

Keep going

~Courtesy Walking with Grandfather: The Wisdom of Lakota Elders by Joseph Marshall

You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous.
You cannot be loving if you are not courageous.
You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous.
You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous.
Hence courage comes first... and everything else follows.”

Often the real test of courage
is not to die, but to live.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life
and patience for the small ones;
and when you have laboriously accomplished
your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
God is awake.

When you know who you are;
when your mission is clear and you
burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will;
no cold can touch your heart;
no deluge can dampen your purpose.
You know that you are alive.
~Chief Seattle


"For the Lakota, kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them. And so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.

The animals had rights -- the right of man's protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man's indebtedness -- and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them.

This concept of life and its relations was humanizing and gave to the Lakota an abiding love. It filled his being with the joy and mystery of living; it gave him reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things -- the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals -- and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery."

~ Luther Standing Bear
(Ota Kte, Mochunozhin)
(1868-1939) Lakota chief

Source: Native American FB Page

The Story of Buffalo Lake

"Our people were nomadic, but they often stayed in the same places during different times of the year. One Autumn, the plants, animals and sky told the people it was time to go to winter camp. The trip was fairly rigorous. One grandmother decided to stay behind. She was getting on in years, and had become weak and sickly. She didn't want to burden her family and clan, whom she loved very much. When the people packed up to leave, she let them know that her time on this earthly plane was through, and she wouldn't be making the journey south. They were sad, but respected her wishes. Soon after they left, winter hit. The blizzard lasted for days. She kept warm in her tipi beside the fire with her loyal sunka (dog). She smudged and prayed and waited for death to come- but she'd awaken each morning, still alive. Finally, the storm broke, but it was bitterly cold for a long time. Then early one day, she heard a strange noise. There was a mighty rumble, and then cracking. She opened up her tipi flap. There on the frozen lake nearby was a herd of buffalo, trapped on the ice. Most perished. Well, the grandmother couldn't let this bounty go to waste. One by one, she skinned them, butchered them, tanned the hides, and dried the meat. This went on for weeks. Then when Spring came, the people returned. They were starving and sick. The Winter was harsh everywhere that year. Food reserves had run short, and other campsites could not provide for their needs. Imagine their surprise when they saw the grandmother, not only alive, but thriving. She had plenty of meat, hides and supplies for everyone. She saved them all. She lived for several winters more, stronger than ever. We still remember her. This is the story of Buffalo Lake, South Dakota, on the Lake Traverse Reservation, as it was told to me by an elder." ~Ruth Robertson-Hopkins:



"Counting coup, (pronounced "coo") is a way of defeating an enemy without killing. It'd be like holding a gun to someone's head and handing them a bullet before walking away." ~Kale Kerfoot

"Coup means instead of killing someone in battle, you do the braver thing and touch the enemy with your lance but not hurt them." ~Tom Barlow Counting

“For Native Americans, mirrors were symbols of wealth and prestige." ~Edwin L. Wade, a specialist in native culture (Beyond Buckskin)

"Language is a vehicle for carrying spirit, life and family. Language, religion and land base are three things that characterise culture." ~Edmund Ladd, ZUNI PUEBLO ( Native American Spirituality and Thoughts)

"There is no royal road to anything - One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures." ~J. G. Holland (Native American Spirituality and Thoughts)

Source: FB

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Quotes from Ya.Native

"Day and night cannot dwell together." ~Duwamish

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Fred Allen - imitation

“Imitation is the sincerest form of television.” ~Fred Allen on Existence


George Allen, Sr. - survival

"One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve." ~George Allen, Sr.


Peter Marshall - made under pressure

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." ~Peter Marshall


Richard John Neuhaus

“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion” ~Richard John Neuhaus on Socialism


Buddhaghosa - suffering

"Mere suffering exists, but no sufferer is found. The deeds are, but no doer is found." ~Buddhaghosa


David Brandt Berg - love

"Love is God's solution to the problems the world faces, even in the complex and challenging world we live in today. Love put into action is the greatest service to mankind" ~David Brandt Berg (1919-1994)

Irene Sanderson - head and heart

"My mother always told me ... "Take care of yourself by using your head but take care of loved ones by using your heart." ~Irene Sanderson (That's Life)


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - future

“The future? Like unwritten books and unborn children, you don't talk about it.” ~Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 


Walter Elliott - perseverance

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." ~Walter Elliott


Gary Allen Sledge Quotes

"Every storm runs out of rain." ~Gary Allen

"It is difficult to know what counts in the world. Most of us count credits, honor, dollars. But at the bulging center of mid-life, I am beginning to see that the things that really matter take place not in the boardrooms, but in the kitchens of the world." ~Gary Allen Sledge, writer and senior editor for Readers Digest

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Pablo Neruda Quotes

"All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are." ~Pablo Neruda

"By night my Love, tie your heart to mine, and the two together in their sleep will defeat the darkness." ~Pablo Neruda

"I learned about life from life itself, love I learned in a single kiss and could teach no one anything except that I have lived with something in common among men, when fighting with them, when saying all their say in my song." ~Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904—September 23, 1973) in "Ode to the Book," found in Selected Poems

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close." ~Pablo Neruda

"I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees." ~Pablo Neruda

"In the end, everyone is aware of this: nobody keeps any of what he has, life is only a borrowing of bones." ~Pablo Neruda

"Love is so short, forgetting is so long." ~Pablo Neruda

"Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence, without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking later through the fog and the cobbles, without the light you carry in your hand, golden, which maybe others will not see, which maybe no one knew was growing like the red beginnings of a rose. In short, without your presence: without your coming suddenly, incitingly, to know my life, gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind: since then I am because you are, since then you are, I am, we are, and through love I will be, you will be, we will be." ~Pablo Neruda

“Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.” ~Pablo Neruda

"Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life." ~Pablo Neruda

"Tonight I can write the saddest lines." ~Pablo Neruda

"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming." ~Pablo Neruda



"But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me." ~Pablo Neruda

"We the mortals touch the metals,
the wind, the ocean shores, the stones,
knowing they will go on, inert or burning,
and I was discovering, naming all the these things:
it was my destiny to love and say goodbye." ~Pablo Neruda in Still Another Day

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Andrew Ryan - choices

"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us." ~Andrew Ryan


D.T. Suzuki Quotes

"Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air, or as a fish swims in the water." ~D.T. Suzuki

"Time and eternity are one." ~D.T. Suzuki



"A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect." Chinese Proverb

"A friendship is like a cup of tea. It must be clear and transparent, and I've must be able to see to the bottom." ~Chinese Proverb

"A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence." ~Chinese Proverb

"A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home." ~Chinese Proverb

"A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends." ~Chinese Proverb

"A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study." ~Chinese Proverb

"A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom." ~Chinese Proverb

"A well-known friend is a treasure." ~Chinese Proverb

"A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows public opinions." ~Chinese Proverb

"An old man in love is like a flower in winter." ~Chinese Proverb

"Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men." ~Chinese Proverb

"Behind every able man, there are always other able men." ~Chinese Proverb

"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one." ~Chinese proverb

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" ~Chinese Proverb

"Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking." ~Chinese Proverb

"Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own." ~Chinese Proverb

"Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom." ~Chinese Proverb

"Every smile makes you a day younger. " ~Chinese Proverb

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up." ~Chinese Proverb

"Forethought is easy, repentance hard." ~Chinese Proverb

"Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity." ~CP

"Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever." ~Chinese Proverb

"Going beyond is as bad as falling short." ~Chinese Proverb

“Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.” ~Chinese Proverb

"Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes." ~Chinese Proverb

"Guessing is cheap; guessing wrong is expensive." ~Chinese Proverb

"Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last." ~Chinese Proverb

"He who asks the question is a fool for a minute; he who does not is a fool forever." ~Chinese Proverbs

"He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them." ~Chinese Proverbs

"He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years." ~Chinese Proverb

"Heaven has a road, but no one travels it; Hell has no gate but men will dig to get there." ~Chinese Proverb

"Heaven lent you a soul; Earth will lend a grave." ~Chinese Proverbs

"If there is light in the soul,there will be beauty in the person." ~Chinese Proverb

"If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character;
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home;
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation;
When there is order in each nation, there will be peace in the world."
~Old Chinese Proverb

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." ~Chinese Proverbs

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." ~Chinese Proverb

"If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time." ~Chinese Proverb

"If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow." ~Chinese Proverb

"If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice." ~Chinese Proverb

"If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help the next generation.”
~Chinese Proverb

"In a broken nest there are few whole eggs." ~Chinese Proverbs

"In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone 's letter." ~Chinese Proverb

"Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome." !Chinese Proverb

"It is easy to ride a tiger, but how to dismount without being devoured is the puzzle." ~Chinese Proverb

"It takes bitter medicine to cure a disease properly, and it takes blunt advice to put us on the right track." ~Chinese Proverbs

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." ~Chinese Proverb

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." ~Chinese Proverb

"Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back." ~Chinese Proverb

"Medicine can only cure curable diseases, and then not always." ~Chinese Proverb

"Never write a letter while you are angry." ~Chinese Proverb

"Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is best." ~Chinese Proverb

"One joy scatters a hundred griefs." ~Chinese Proverb

"Outside noisy, inside empty." ~Chinese Proverb

"Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes." ~Chinese Proverb

"Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown." ~Chinese Proverb

"Pearls don't lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it." ~Chinese Proverb

"Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden." ~Chinese Proverb

"Quarreling is like cutting water with a sword." ~Chinese Proverb

"Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life." ~Chinese Proverb

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." ~Chinese Proverbs

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." ~Chinese Proverb

"The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him." ~Chinese Proverb

"The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all." ~Chinese Proverb

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials." ~Chinese Proverb

"The journey is the reward." ~Chinese Proverb

"The mind covers more ground than the heart but goes less far." ~Chinese Proverb

"The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth." ~Chinese Proverb

"The most difficult battles in life are those we fight within. " ~Chinese Proverb

"The palest ink is better than the best memory." ~Chinese Proverb

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." ~Chinese Proverb

"The secret is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water; but to walk on the earth." ~Chinese Proverb

"There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn." ~Chinese Proverb

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it." ~Chinese Proverb

"To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one's life asleep." ~Chinese Proverb

"To know the road ahead ...ask those coming back." ~Chinese Proverb

"To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one." ~Chinese Proverb

"To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish." ~Chinese Proverb

"Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher." ~Chinese Proverb

"When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people." ~Chinese Proverb

"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others." ~Chinese Proverb

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” -Chinese Proverb

"Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things." ~Chinese Proverb

"With true friends, even water drunk together is sweet enough." ~Chinese Proverb

"Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold." ~Chinese Proverb

"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair." ~Chinese Proverb

"You can't stop the wind from blowing." ~Chinese Proverb

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Bill Copeland - turtle

"Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell." ~Bill Copeland


John Henry Jowett - Life

"Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.
Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.
Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road." ~John Henry Jowett

Jean-Luc Goddard - ideas

"There is no point in having sharp images when you've fuzzy ideas" ~Jean-Luc Goddard

Baron Thomas Babington Macauley - man's character

"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out." ~Baron Thomas Babington Macauley


Abigail van Buren Quotes

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money” ~Abigal Van Buren

"People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes." ~Abigail Van Buren

"The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back." ~Abigail van Buren

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Jeckov Kanani Quotes

‎"Everything you see in this world,a while ago was in someone's imagination." ~Jeckov Kanani

"If you think you are strong, fall in love, then you'll realize how weak you are." ~Jeckov Kanani

"Most people spend half of their life looking for a relationship,and the second half wondering if they are in the right one." ~Jeckov kanani


Theodore Reik - men

"Even the wisest men make fools of themselves about women, and even the most foolish women are wise about men" ~Theodore Reik