|Native American Museum, Washington, D.C.|
Day and night cannot dwell together. - Duwamish
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. - Blackfoot
A pearl is worthless as long as it is in its shell.
All dreams spin out from the same web. - Hopi
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. - Dakota
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. - Cherokee
The coward shoots with shut eyes. - Oklahoma
As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.
It is easy to be brave from a distance. - Omaha
Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river. - Tuscarora
It is not enough for a man to know how to ride, he must also know how to fall.
It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. - Apache
Each person is his own judge. - Pima
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. - Cherokee
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yoruself. - Minquass
They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind. - Tuscarora
A man must make his own arrows. - Winnebago
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. - Cherokee
The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.
You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. - Navajo