Cherokee Sayings and Quotes

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


Before you judge a person you have to walk in their moccasins and live in their lodge for a month.

Buddy Hannah

Cherokee fought hard. They made their run (in the fourth quarter), and they were right there. But we battled through.

Doug Lipscomb

The Cherokee used to fear that taking a photo would make them lose their souls. Over exposure and desensitization is pretty close to losing one's soul. So they were right to quite an extent.     

Sabine Shah

Native people such as the Cherokees are just as human and complex and real as Americans are, and our nation needs to respect American Indian cultures and traditions.     

Joseph Bruchac

Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.     

Wilma Mankiller

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Indian Proverb

We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country that the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth...it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood... we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear.     

Charles Hicks

All Cherokee music has been made to where it resorts back to gospel, to our Creator.

Kathy Sierra

By peace our condition has been improved in the pursuit of civilized life.

John Ross