Native American Proverbs

“Everything the power does, it does in a circle.”
Lakota Proverb


“A man must make his own arrows.”
Winnerbago Proverb


“We always return to our first loves.”
Native American Proverb


“Coyote is always out there waiting, and coyote is always hungry.”
Navajo Proverb


“Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator.”
Mohawk Proverb


 

 


“After dark all cats are leopards.”
Zuni Proverb


“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.”
Apache Proverb


“One rain does not make a crop.”
Creole Proverb


“Every animal knows more than you do.”
Native American Proverb


“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
Blackfoot Proverb


 

 


“Our first teacher is our own heart.”
Cheyenne Proverb


“To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.”
Sioux Proverb


“Man’s law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same.”
Crow Proverb


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


“Before eating, always take time to thank the food.”
Arapaho Proverb


 

 


“In age, talk; in childhood, tears.”
Hopi Proverb


“A danger foreseen is half-avoided.”
Cheyenne Proverb


“The coward shoots with shut eyes.”
Oklahoma Proverb


“It is easy to be brave from a distance.”
Omaha Proverb


“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”
Hopi Proverb


 

 


“A brave man dies but once, a coward dies many times.”
Native American Proverb


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


“Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart.”
Omaha Proverb


“Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river.”
Tuscarora Proverb


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


 

 


“A man or woman with many children has many homes.”
Sioux Proverb


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


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


“Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed.”
Native American Proverb


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


 

 


“Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.”
Maricopa Proverb


“Sharing and giving are the ways of God.”
Sauk Proverb


“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.”
Navajo Proverb


“The weakness of the enemy makes our strength.”
Cherokee Proverb


“Each person is his own judge.”
Shawnee Proverb


 

 


“Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.”
Lumbee Proverb


“It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest.”
Anishinaabe Proverb


“One finger cannot lift a pebble.”
Hopi Proverb


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


“A good soldier is a poor scout.”
Cheyenne Proverb


 

 


“Tell me and I will forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”
Native American Proverb


“A rocky vineyard does not need a prayer, but a pick axe.”
Navajo Proverb


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


“With all things and in all things, we are relatives.”
Sioux Proverb


“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.”
Arapaho Proverb


 

 


“If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
Minquas Proverb


“The one who tells the stories rules the world.”
Hopi Proverb


“All dreams spin out from the same web.”
Hopi Proverb


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


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


 

 


“All who have died are equal.”
Comanche Proverb


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


“Even a small mouse has anger.”
Native American Proverb


“The moon is not ashamed by the barking of the dogs.”
Native American Proverb


“Day and night cannot dwell together.”
Duwamish Proverb


 

 


“A good chief gives, he does not take.”
Mohawk Proverb


“If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.”
Cheyenne Proverb


“Cherish youth, but trust old age.”
Pueblo Proverb


“If a man is to do something more than human, he must have more than human powers.”
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.”
Native American Proverb


 

 


“The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears.”
Native American Proverb


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


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


“Not every sweet root gives birth to sweetgrass.”
Native American Proverb


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


“Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it.”
Arapaho Proverb


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


“It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.”
Native American Proverb


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


“There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnakes tail.”
Navajo Proverb


“Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.”
Native American Proverb


“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
Cherokee Proverb


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


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


“Man has responsibility, not power.”
Tuscarora Proverb


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


“The rain falls on the just and the unjust.”
Hopi Proverb


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


“Each bird loves to hear himself sing.”
Arapaho Proverb


“Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.”
Lakota Proverb


“The way of the troublemaker is thorny.”
Umpqua Proverb


” Many have fallen with the bottle in their hand.”
Lakota Proverb


“God gives us each a song.”
Ute Proverb


“Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water.”
Native American Proverb