Pearls of Wisdom Quotes

19 Thought-provoking Native American Proverbs

Wisdom has long been a powerful concept in collective human consciousness.

It has been personified in everything from fairy tales, books, and films, and even embodied in our most honored religious parables. It is a much sought-after trait but it tends to be extremely elusive in the modern world.

The Native American cultures, on other hand, seem to have a strong set of values pertaining to wisdom and have a strong history of transmitting wisdom from generation to generation. The following native American proverbs accentuate the quality of brevity, humility and wisdom:


[Native American Women and Horses by Teepee in Camp]

“Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and

start living the life the Creator intended for you.”


mountains covered with mist in nature

“Not every sweet root gives birth to sweet grass.”


landscape photography of field across mountains

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


landscape photography of mountain and body of water

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


close up of paper against black background

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


grayscale portrait of woman

“Our pleasures are shallow and our sorrows are deep.”


man love people table

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”


woman wearing smartphone armband and blue earphones

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


adult beanie crisis despair

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


gray asphalt road in dark forest

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


woman standing in tree

“Walk lightly in the spring, mother Earth is pregnant.”


elderly woman sitting on sofa while having a conversation

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


trees under cloudy sky

“There is no death, only a change of worlds.”


light dawn landscape nature

“What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night.

It is a breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is Like the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”


red leaf trees near the road

“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.”


brown wolf

“There are two wolves fighting inside all of us. The first one is evil, the second one is good…Which wolf will win? The one you feed.”


blue and cream abstract painting

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


woman wearing teal dress sitting on chair talking to man

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


native american proverbs

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

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