Native American Proverbs (251-303)

A good soldier is a poor scout.
— Cheyenne proverb

It is good to be reminded that
each ofus has a different dream.
— Crow proverb

The lazy man is apt to be envious.
— Omaha proverb

All who have died are equal.
— Comanche proverb

A starving man will eat with the wolf.
— Choctaw proverb

Knowledge is rooted in all things — the world is a library.
— Lakota proverb

Life is both giving and receiving.
— Mohawk proverb

The coward shoots with shut eyes.
— Otoe proverb

All around me my land is beauty.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

Knowledge that is not used is abused.
— Cree proverb

The song is very short because
we understand so much.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

All things have inner meaning and form and power.
— Hopi proverb

Learn how to talk, then learn how to teach.
— Nez Perce proverb

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

Always assume your guests are tired, cold,
and hungry, and act accordingly.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

Let your nature be known and expressed.
— Huron proverb

The soul would have no rainbows
if the eyes had no tears.
— Pawnee proverb

Always look at your moccasin tracks first
before you speak of another's faults.
— Sauk proverb

Let us see — is this real,
this life that I am living?
— Pawnee proverb

The mark of shame does not wash away.
— Omaha proverb

Always walk in gratitude to the Mother Earth.
— Pueblo proverb

Let no one say negative things about those who are not present.
— Hopi proverb

The one who tells the stories rules the world.
— Hopi proverb

Do not only point the way, but lead the way.
— Lakota proverb

Men in search of a myth will usually find one.
— Pueblo proverb

Those that lie down with dogs get up with fleas.
— Blackfoot proverb

Coyote is always out there waiting,
and coyote is always hungry.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

Love yourself; get outside yourself and take action.
Focus on the solution; be at peace.
— Lakota proverb

There is never a valid reason for arguing.
— Hopi proverb

An Indian, a partridge, and a spruce
tree cannot be tamed.
— Cheyenne proverb

Life is the flash of the firefly in the night,
the breath of the buffalo in winter time.
— Blackfoot proverb

The greatest strength is gentleness.
— Iroquois proverb

All children of earth will be welcome at her counsel fires.
— Seneca proverb

Just as you desire good treatment, so render it.
— Seneca proverb

The more you give, the more good things come to you.
— Crow proverb

A spear is a big responsibility.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

Man has responsibility, not power.
— Tuscarora proverb

There is nothing as eloquent
as a rattlesnake's tail.
— Navajo (Diné) proverb

Be an early riser; the game does not
snuggle their heads on feather pillows.
— Assiniboine proverb

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
— Arapaho and Cherokee proverb

There is a right time and place for everything.
— Cherokee proverb

Be satisfied with the needs instead of the wants.
— Lakota proverb

Listen to her — our Earth, our Mother;
listen to what she is saying.
— Mohawk proverb

There is no fear where there is faith.
— Kiowa proverb

Be brave where bravery is honorable.
— Assiniboine proverb

Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.
— Huron proverb

There can never be peace between nations until
it is first known that true peace is within the souls of men.
— Oglala proverb

Be kind to everything that lives.
— Omaha proverb

Listen with your heart. Learn from your experiences,
and always be open to new ones.
— Cherokee proverb

There are no secrets or mysteries—
there is only common sense.
— Onondaga proverb

Before eating, always take a little time to thank the food.
— Arapaho proverb

Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water.
— Blackfoot proverb

The Great Spirit is always angry with
men who shed innocent blood.
— Ioway proverb

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