Let your nature be known and proclaimed.
A lazy man is apt to be envious. You are never justified in arguing. Truth does not happen, it just is. To gossip is like playing checkers with an evil spirit: you win occasionally but are more often trapped at your own game. One foe is too many and a hundred friends too few. Trouble follows sin as surely as fever follows chill.
Good and evil cannot dwell together in the same heart, so a good man ought not to go into evil company. When you begin a great work you can’t expect to finish it all at once; therefore do you and your brothers press on, and let nothing discourage you until you have entirely finished what you have begun.
We are afraid if we part with any more of our lands the white people will not let us keep as much as will be sufficient to bury our dead.
– Doublehead, Creek Chief
Never sit while your elders stand. The white man who is our agent is so stingy that he carries a linen rag in his pocket into which to blow his nose, for fear he might blow away something of value.
– Piapot, Cree Chief