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:
“Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and
start living the life the Creator intended for you.”
“Not every sweet root gives birth to sweet grass.”
“Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it.”
“When a man moves away from nature, his heart becomes hard.”
“Beware of the man who does not talk and the dog that does not bark.”
“Our pleasures are shallow and our sorrows are deep.”
“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
“Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man.”
“Remember that your children are not your own, but lent to you by the Creator.”
“Walk lightly in the spring, mother Earth is pregnant.”
“Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart.”
“There is no death, only a change of worlds.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.”
“Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.”
“Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.”
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