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Native American Quotes and Sayings
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Please enjoy these Native American Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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.
- Native American traditional

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I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

 

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

Yancy is actually a Native-American name,
but I'm Irish.
Go figure.
- Yancy Butler

I have good genes.
My father is Danish and my mother is Irish and Native American.
They both have good skin.
- Virginia Madsen

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Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe,
and about what 'was' and 'were,' we present Native
American culture as a living contemporary culture.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

I like Celtic folk music, Native American music,
and any kind of early music.
There isn't a lot of music that I don't like...
except for Show Tunes.
- Terri Windling

The Native American side was tragic.
It's just unbelievable what has happened to them.
- Skeet Ulrich

I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep
decency in the American people and a native intelligence -
providing they have the facts,
providing they have the information.
- Studs Terkel

Some Native American writers enjoy being called Native American writers.
- Toni Morrison

The name Crow was inspired by a number of things.
I thought it would be cool to have a robot with sort
of a Native American feel to it.
- Joel Hodgson

So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many,
many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship,
and everyone was surprised!
A little naive, I feel!
- Eddie Izzard

The native American has been generally despised by
his white conquerors for his poverty and simplicity.
- Charles Eastman

On the first season of our show, I commissioned a Native
American artist to make up,
'cause I'm known for the tomahawk, besides the hair
and the leather outfit and the whole thing.
- Joe Lando

To us, basing stories on christianity is the same as
basing stories on Roman mythology,
Native American folklore, or unsubstantiated government conspiracies.
- Richard King

We use a Native American tradition of the talking stick.
You sit and pass it around and whoever has the stick has to talk.
Some people just hold it.
Others really share.
- Lisa Bonet

Music is a performing art, as any Native American will tell you.
It isn't there in the score.
- Michael Tippett

Last year, I twice voted against the Labor,
HHS, and Education Appropriations bill because it did
not adequately fund education in general,
and Native American programs specifically.
- Rick Renzi

Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition,
but it has its curious rewards.
There is a sense of getting somewhere fast,
which satisfies a native American urge.
- James Thurber

It is important that Congress works to promote home
ownership in Indian Country.
These federal housing funds and programs will help
young Native American families to stay on tribal lands in order to live,
work and raise a family.
- Rick Renzi

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

And my point was one I think that you'd agree with,
which is there's no room in America for a black racist,
a Latino racist, or a white racist, or an Asian racist,
or a Native American racist.
Now, we're either color blind or we're not color blind.
- Newt Gingrich

In more recent years, I've become more and more fascinated
with the indigenous folklore of this land,
Native American folklore, and also Hispanic folklore
now that I live in the Southwest.
- Terri Windling

The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a
reverence for the life-giving earth,
and the Native American shared this elemental ethic:
The land was alive to his loving touch,
and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.
- Stewart Udall

The realization of a sustainable economic development
strategy for Maine's Native American communities has
always been a priority and a critical element of my
administration's overall economic development strategy.
- John Baldacci

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our
native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
- William Shenstone

I really feel now like a native New Yorker.
And I'm very happy here.
- Joan Collins

I've always been interested in the history of the West,
our country and particularly as it relates to the Native Americans -
the original Americans.
- Beau Bridges

I'm actually forced to write about Michigan because
as a native of that state it's the place I know best.
- Jim Harrison

Dad built houses and when they were sold,
he moved on to a new town, so I know a lot about my native state.
- Gerald McRaney

Organic buildings are the strength
and lightness of the spiders' spinning,
buildings qualified by light,
bred by native character to environment,
married to the ground.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The individual whose vision encompasses the whole world
often feels nowhere so hedged in and out of touch with
his surroundings as in his native land.
- Emma Goldman

Although native Africans domesticated some plants in
the Sahel and in Ethiopia and in tropical West Africa,
they acquired valuable domestic animals only later,
from the north.
- Jared Diamond

In Hungary all native music, in its origin,
is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.
- Franz Liszt

While in El Paso, I met Mr. Clinton Burk, a native
of Texas, who I married in August 1885.
- Calamity Jane

Hot water is my native element.
I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.
- Edith Sitwell

I can speak Esperanto like a native.
- Spike Milligan

Don't use that foreign word "ideals."
We have that excellent native word "lies."
- Henrik Ibsen

Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed
that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men.
- Stephen Ambrose

What springs from earth dissolves to earth again,
and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.
- Marcus Aurelius

Spirituality is indeed the master key of the Indian mind;
the sense of the infinitive is native to it.
- Sri Aurobindo

I represent more Native Americans than anyone else in Congress.
- Rick Renzi

You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy,
Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

We need only look to our Navajo Code Talkers during
World War II to see the value that Native languages
bring not only to their culture,
but to the security of all Americans.
- Rick Renzi

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock;
it needs more than native wit to be an author.
- Jean de la Bruyere

I'm a native New Yorker.
Everything to do with New York feels like my family.
- Susan Sarandon

And Americans realized that native people are still here,
that they have a moral standing, a legal standing.
- Dennis Banks

My countrymen have commissioned a bust of the Republic.
It will be placed on the fountain of my native town.
- Camille Claudel

Let peace, descending from her native heaven,
bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations;
and plenty,
in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand!
- Daniel Boone

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans.
America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
- Eric Hoffer

Al Zarqawi had a long history of terrorism.
He was responsible for several bombings and beheadings in Iraq,
including Pennsylvania native Nicholas Berg.
- Tim Murphy

When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II,
I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from
my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.
- Lukas Foss

Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound,
content to breathe his native air in his own ground.
- Alexander Pope

The name 'reservation' has a negative connotation among Native Americans -
an intern camp of sorts.
- John Russell

And when native man left off this form of development,
his humanization was retarded in growth.
- Standing Bear

Many young Japanese were hearing for the first time
the words of Native people from the West.
- Dennis Banks

Do not use that foreign word "ideals."
We have that excellent native word "lies."
- Henrik Ibsen

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that
the native metal of man is tested.
- James Russell Lowell

I profess accurately to describe native Africa -
Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse,
whether for good or evil, from European civilisation.
- John H. Speke

As it has for America's other indigenous peoples,
I believe the United States must fulfill its responsibility to Native Hawaiians.
- Daniel Akaka

The home ownership process for Native Americans has
been hobbled by bureaucratic delays and regulations.
- Rick Renzi

I not only lived physically away from my native land,
but the values and critical judgments of those closest
to me became stranger and stranger.
- Juan Goytisolo

I haven't spoken English with native speakers in several months.
I've been speaking Arabic.
- John Walker Lindh

I have a high regard for Native languages and the pivotal
role they have played in our nation's history.
- Rick Renzi

We have to consciously study how to be tender with
each other until it becomes a habit because what was
native has been stolen from us,
the love of Black women for each other.
- Audre Lorde

The view of the local scene through the eyes of a native
participant in that scene is a different window.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Moon is also a naive native girl when she sets out for Carbuncle.
- Joan D. Vinge

The best translations cannot convey to us the strength
and exquisite delicacy of thought in its native garb,
and he to whom such books are shut flounders about in outer darkness.
- Edwin Booth

I am a Colorado native, and, no, I did not vote for
the anti-gay amendment or the same-sex marriage ban,
and I am not a member of a militia.
- Connie Willis


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