As a people, Native American Indians have a great wealth of wisdom that we should treasure and pay heed to. They have their own, very unique, view of the world and the challenges that we, as a species, face. As you’ll see from the upcoming quotes and sayings, there is a great deal we could learn from the long-standing Indian culture.
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future. – Lumbee
Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you – Hopi
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come– Arapaho
Our first teacher is our own heart – Cheyenne
It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace – Shenandoah
Between individuals, as between nations, peace means respect for the rights of others – Benito Juarez, Zapoteca
Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance– Lakota
Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World – Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux
I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man – Sun Bear, Chippewa
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.
In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations – Iroquois Maxim
Children learn from what they see. We need to set an example of truth and action – Howard Rainer, Taos Pueblo-Creek
Cherish youth, but trust old age – Pueblo
Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure.
Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss – Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux