American Indian Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old american indian quotes, american indian sayings, and american indian proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


West Indian cultural mentality and a North American life equals the perfect balance.     

Melanie Fiona

When a white army battles Indians and wins, it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre.     

Chiksika, Shawnee

Being is a spiritual proposition. Gaining is a material act. Traditionally, American Indians have always attempted to be the best people they could. Part of that spiritual process was and is to give away wealth, to discard wealth in order not to gain.     

Russell Means

The old Indian teaching was that is is wrong to tear loose from its place on the earth anything that may be growing there. It may be cut off, but it should not be uprooted. The trees and the grass have spirits. Whatever one of such growth may be destroyed by some good Indian, his act is done in sadness and with a prayer for forgiveness because of his necessities.     

Wooden Leg

The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church.     

Charles Alexander Eastman

Indian intellectuals today feel radical when they condemn fundamentalism, but not many people are talking about the links between privatization, globalization, and fundamentalism.     

Arundhati Roy

We Indians are like an island in the middle of the river. The white man comes upon us as a flood. We crumble and fall.     

Opothleyoholo

What the American Indian Movement says is that the American Indians are the Palestinians of the United States, and the Palestinians are the American Indians of Europe.     

Russell Means

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.     

Albert Einstein

There are more American Indians alive today than there were when Columbus arrived or at any other time in history. Does this sound like a record of genocide?     

Rush Limbaugh

It takes a strong effort on the part of each American Indian not to become Europeanized. The strength for this effort can only come from the traditional ways, the traditional values that our elders retain.     

Russell Means

There is no death, only a change of worlds.     

Chief Seattle

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.     

Mahatma Gandhi