Rudi Zimmerer

Native American Quotes

It doesn’t require many words to speak the truth.

Tell me and I’ll forget.
Show me, and I may not remember.
Involve me and I’ll understand.
All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.

The more you give, the more good things come to you.

A good chief gives, he does not take.

The greatest strength is gentleness.

You already possess everything necessary to become great.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.

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

Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease a herb to cure it, and every person a mission.

The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.

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

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 Ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a house, a tent, or a blanket, he would, in this case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property.

People without vision will perish.

The journey is more important than the destination.

The past is something that you leave behind, not something you carry with you.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

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