Native American Proverbs (201-250)

A people without a history is
like the wind over buffalo grass.
— Lakota proverb

In this world the unseen has power.
— Apache proverb

The more you ask how far you have to go,
the longer your quest will feel.
— Seneca proverb

A man or woman with many children has many homes.
— Lakota proverb

In twenty-four hours, a louse can become a patriarch.
— Seneca proverb

The ones that matter most are the children.
They are the true human beings.
— Lakota proverb

A hungry stomach makes a short prayer.
— Paiute proverb

In anger a man becomes dangerous
to himself and to others. >— Omaha proverb

Strive to be a person who is never
absent from an important act.
— Osage proverb

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, strike first.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

Always remember that a smile is
something sacred, to be shared.
— Cherokee proverb

Let no one speaking ill of the absent.
— Hopi proverb

The good-looking boy may
be just good in the face.
— Apache proverb

All plants are our siblings.
If we listen, we can hear them speaking.
— Arapaho proverb

It is no longer good to cry peace.
We must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.
— Shenandoah proverb

The rain falls on the just and the unjust.
— Hopi proverb

A good man does not take what
belongs to someone else.
— Pueblo proverb

Is it not better for one hundred to pray
for one than for one to pray alone for himself?
— Lakota proverb

The old days will never be again,
even as a man will never again be a child.
— Dakota proverb

A man must make his own arrows.
— Winnebago proverb

If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.
— Minquas, Susquehannock proverb

Talk to your children while they are eating;
what you say will stay even after you are gone.
— Nez Perce proverb

Guard your tongue in youth, and in age you may
mature a thought that will be of service to your people.
— Lakota proverb

It is observed that in any great endeavor,
it is not enough for a person to depend solely on himself.
— Lakota proverb

The morning moisture, the clouds, the bodies of water—
I become part of it.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

A child believes that only the action of someone
who is unfriendly can cause pain.
— Santee proverb

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

The wildcat does not make enemies by rash action.
He is observant, quiet, tactful,
and he always gains in the end.
— Pawnee proverb

A community that lacks faith in itself cannot survive.
— Hopi proverb

It is better to have less thunder in the mouth
and more lightning in the hand.
— Apache proverb

The smarter a man is the more he needs God
to protect him from thinking he knows everything.
— Pima proverb

A rocky vineyard does not need a prayer, but a pick ax.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

It is good to tell one's heart.
— Chippewa proverb

The grandfathers and the grandmothers
are in the children; treat them well.
— Ojibwe proverb

A shady lane breeds mud.
— Hopi proverb

It makes no difference as to the name of the God,
since love is the real God of all the world.
— Apache proverb

The only things that need the protection of men
are the things of men, not the things of the spirit.
— Crow proverb

A good chief gives, he does not take.
— Mohawk proverb

It is senseless to fight when
you cannot hope to win.
— Apache proverb

The supreme law of the land is the
Great Spirit's law, not man's law.
— Hopi proverb

You must live your life from beginning to end.
No one else can do it for you.
— Hopi proverb

Cherish youth, but trust old age.
— Pueblo proverb

Look at your own moccasin tracks before
pronouncing someone else's faults.
— Sauk proverb

There is a hole at the end of the thief's path.
— Lakota proverb

An angry word is like striking with a knife.
— Hopi proverb

Let your eyes be offended by sight of
lying and deceitful men.
— Hopi proverb

The weakness of the enemy makes our strength.
— Cherokee proverb

All dreams spin out from the same web.
— Hopi proverb

It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.
— Crow proverb

The clear sky and the green fruitful Earth are good;
but peace among men is better.
— Omaha proverb

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