Native American Proverbs

It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest. Anishinabe

The rain falls on the just and the unjust. Hopi

Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river. Tuucarora

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. Dakota

Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water. tribe unknown

Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand. Lakota

What the people believe is true. Anishinabe

There is no death, only a change of worlds. Duwamish

Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark. Cheyenne

It is easy to be brave from a distance. Omaha

A brave man dies but once, a coward many times. Iowa

One rain does not make a crop. Creole

A rocky vinyard does not need a prayer, but a pick ax. Navajo

When a fox walks lame, the old rabbit jumps. Oklahoma

A starving man will eat with the wolf. Oklahoma

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnakes tail. Navajo

All dreams spin out from the same web. Hopi

The one who tells the stories rules the world. Hopi

The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs. Southwest

Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. Blackfoot

We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky. Shawnee

Each person is his own judge. Shawnee

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

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. tribe unknown

Man has responsiblity, not power. Tuscarora

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way. Blackfoot

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. tribe unknown

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Minquass

Every animal knows more than you do. Nez Perce

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself. Pima

After dark all cats are leopards. Zuni

Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant. Kiowa

Sharing and giving are the ways of God. Sauk

With all things and in all things,we are relatives. Sioux

Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. Cheyenne

Ask questions from you heart and you will be answered from the heart. Omaha

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. Cherokee

Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future. Lumbee

Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. Hopi

A danger foreseen is half-avoided. Cheyenne

Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. Sioux

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. Sioux

Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance. Lakota

Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you. Hopi

The bird who has eaten cannot fly with the bird that is hungry. Omaha

One finger cannot lift a pebble. Hopi

A good soldier is a poor scout. Cheyenne

Each bird loves to hear himself sing. Arapaho

Our first teacher is our own heart. Cheyenne

He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone. Seneca

The way of the troublemaker is thorny. Umpqua

You already possess everything necessary to become great. Crow

Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves. Assiniboine

The coward shoots with shut eyes. Oklahoma

A man must make his own arrows. Winnebago

To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature. Oglala Sioux

We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth. Shenandoah

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. Arapaho

If a man is to do something more than human, he must have more than human powers. Tribe unknown

When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. Lakota

The rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things. Hopi

God gives us each a song. Ute

Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something. Maricopa

Cherish youth, but trust old age. Pueblo

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

In age, talk; in childhood, tears. Hopi

A people without a history is like the wind over buffalo grass. Sioux

White men have too many chiefs. Nez Perce

In death, I am born. Hopi

They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind. Tuscarora

All who have died are equal. Comanche

A hungry stomach makes a short prayer. Paiute

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. Shawnee

It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace. Shenandoah

Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed. Plains Indian

The weakness of the enemy makes our strength. Cherokee

Even a small mouse has anger. Tribe Unknown

There are many good moccasin tracks along the trail of a straight arrow. Sioux

Not every sweet root give birth to sweet grass. Tribe Unknown

A good chief gives, he does not take. Mohawk



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