40 American Quotes & Proverbs On Success In Life

These American quotes will inspire you. Americans, citizens, and nationals of the United States of America; Native Americans, American ancestry, people who self-identify their ancestry as “American”.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging American quotes, American sayings, and American proverbs.

Inspirational American Quotes

  1. “And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.” ~ Black Elk
  2. “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” ~ Crazy Horse
  3. “At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.” ~ Black Elk
  4. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Will Rogers

  5. “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle , American quotes about life
  6. “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.” ~ Crowfoot
  7. “Children must early learn the the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.” ~ Charles Alexander Eastman
  8. “When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.” ~ Chief Seattle

  9. “A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me, there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  10. “The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, they speak to me. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me. The strength of the fire, the taste of the salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars.” ~ Chief Dan George
  11. “Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.” ~ Black Elk
  12. “The power of the world always works in circles.” ~ Black Elk

  13. “So long as mists envelop you, be still. Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists – as it surely will. Then act with courage.” ~ Chief White Eagle
  14. “Looking behind, I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward, I am filled with vision. Looking upwards, I am filled with strength. Looking within, I discover peace.” ~ Robert Muller
  15. “The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” ~ Chief Joseph , Proud American quotes
  16. “We do not want riches, we want peace and love.” ~ Red Cloud , American quotes about love
  17. “Help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.” ~ Robert Muller
  18. “All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle

  19. “The first peace, which is the most important,
    is that which comes within the souls of people
    when they realize their relationship,
    their oneness with the universe and all its powers,
    and when they realize that at the center of the universe
    dwells the Great Spirit,
    and that this center is really everywhere,
    it is within each of us.” ~ Black Elk
  20. “Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people seek it.” ~ David Gemmell
  21. “[last words] What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.” ~ Crowfoot

  22. “I saw more than I can tell / And I understood more than I saw.” ~ Black Elk
  23. “Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease and herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” ~ Mourning Dove
  24. “He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.” ~ Seneca the Younger
  25. “I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.” ~ Red Cloud
  26. “Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” ~ Tecumseh

  27. “All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.” ~ Chief Seattle
  28. “There is no death, only a change of worlds.” ~ Chief Seattle
  29. “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ~ Chief Seattle
  30. “Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf.” ~ Terri Farley

  31. “If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.” ~ Chief Dan George
  32. “The more you give, the more good things come to you.” ~ Robert Muller
  33. “The voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers.” ~ Zitkala-Sa
  34. “Wisdom and peace come when you start living the life the creator intended for you.” ~ Geronimo

  35. “The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” ~ Chief Seattle , American quotes unity
  36. “When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, “The one I feed the most.”” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  37. “Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.” ~ Sharon Creech

  38. “His grandfather had often told him that he tried too hard to move trees when a wiser man would walk around them.” ~ Patricia Briggs
  39. “It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.” ~ Black Elk
  40. “A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.” ~ Zitkala-Sa

Summary: American, something of, from, or related to the United States of America, commonly known as the “United States” or “America”.

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