61 Chief Seattle Quotes On Success In Life

Chief Seattle was a Suquamish and Duwamish chief. A leading figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with “Doc” Maynard. The city of Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington, was named after him. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of Native Americans’ land rights had been attributed to him; however, what he actually said has been lost through translation and rewriting. These Chief Seattle quotes will motivate you.

Best Chief Seattle Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ~ Chief Seattle
  3. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realise that we can not eat money.” ~ Chief Seattle
  4. “Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: 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. One thing we know: our god is also your god. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.” ~ Chief Seattle
  5. “Earth does not belong to us; we belong to earth. Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” ~ Chief Seattle

  6. “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
  7. “If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” ~ Chief Seattle
  8. “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the Earth is sacred to my people, every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clear and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.” ~ Chief Seattle
  9. “We are all children of the Great Spirit, we all belong to Mother Earth. Our planet is in great trouble and if we keep carrying old grudges and do not work together, we will all die.” ~ Chief Seattle , Chief Seattle quotes on earth
  10. “There is no death, only a change of worlds.” ~ Chief Seattle

  11. “The whites, too, shall pass – perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.” ~ Chief Seattle
  12. “You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.” ~ Chief Seattle
  13. “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
  14. “We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumes flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle: these are our brothers. All things are connected like the blood which unites one’s family.” ~ Chief Seattle
  15. “This We Know. All Things Are Connected” ~ Chief Seattle
  16. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” ~ Chief Seattle

  17. “Man belongs to the Earth, Earth does not belong to man” ~ Chief Seattle
  18. “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 , Chief Seattle quotes on animals
  19. “There is no such place as away.” ~ Chief Seattle
  20. “There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities. No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring, or the rustle of an insect’s wings. But perhaps it is because I am a savage and do not understand. The clatter only seems to insult the ears.” ~ Chief Seattle
  21. “All creation is one. What we do to one, we do to the entire web of life.” ~ Chief Seattle
  22. “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” ~ Chief Seattle
  23. “The earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.” ~ Chief Seattle
  24. “To harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.” ~ Chief Seattle

  25. “All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children of the Earth.” ~ Chief Seattle
  26. “Contaminate your bed and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.” ~ Chief Seattle
  27. “We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on.” ~ Chief Seattle
  28. “Humans merely share the Earth. We can only protect the land, not own it.” ~ Chief Seattle
  29. “Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. Your time of decay may be distant, but it will surely come, for even the White Man … cannot be exempt from the common destiny.” ~ Chief Seattle
  30. “All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle

  31. “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? … The end of living and the beginning of survival.” ~ Chief Seattle
  32. “When the green hills are covered with talking wires and the wolves no longer sing, what good will the money you paid for our land be then” ~ Chief Seattle
  33. “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is sacred to my people.” ~ Chief Seattle
  34. “Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors – the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.” ~ Chief Seattle
  35. “We are a part of the earth and it is part of us.” ~ Chief Seattle

  36. “Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench.” ~ Chief Seattle
  37. “We are part of the earth and it is part of us … What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.” ~ Chief Seattle
  38. “The Indian prefers the soft sound of the wind darting over the face of the pond, the smell of the wind itself cleansed by a midday rain, or scented with pinon pine. The air is precious to the red man, for all things are the same breath – the animals, the trees, the man.” ~ Chief Seattle
  39. “All things are connected, like the blood that runs in your family “The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.” 1854 The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. You must give to the rivers the kindness you would give to any brother.” ~ Chief Seattle
  40. “Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless. Dead, did I say? There is no death, only change of worlds.” ~ Chief Seattle
  41. “The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.” ~ Chief Seattle

  42. “Your God loves your people and hates mine; he folds his strong arms lovingly around the white man and leads him as a father leads his infant son, but he has forsaken his red children; he makes your people wax strong every day, and soon they will fill the land; while my people are ebbing away like a fast-receding tide, that will never flow again. The white man’s God cannot love his red children or he would protect them. They seem to be orphans who can look nowhere for help.” ~ Chief Seattle
  43. “The white man’s God cannot love our people or He would protect them. They seem to be orphans who can look nowhere for help. How then can we be brothers?” ~ Chief Seattle
  44. “What is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of the whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around the pool at night?” ~ Chief Seattle
  45. “. . . the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony and man – all belong to the same family. . . . The White Man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers.” ~ Chief Seattle
  46. “We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us?” ~ Chief Seattle

  47. “To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground.” ~ Chief Seattle
  48. “Your religion was written on tablets of stone, ours on our hearts. 8. We are part of the earth and the earth is part of us.” ~ Chief Seattle
  49. “Tribe follows tribe, nations follow nations like the tides of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless.” ~ Chief Seattle
  50. “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!” ~ Chief Seattle
  51. “All things are connected like the blood which unites one family.” ~ Chief Seattle
  52. “My words are like the stars that never change.” ~ Chief Seattle

  53. “The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath. The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes. Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench.” ~ Chief Seattle
  54. “The white man’s dead forget the country of their birth when they go to walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful Earth, for it is the mother of the red man. We are part of the Earth and it is part of us.” ~ Chief Seattle
  55. “I will not dwell on, nor mourn over, our untimely decay, nor reproach my paleface brothers with hastening it, as we too may have been somewhat to blame.” ~ Chief Seattle
  56. “Your God is not our God! Your God loves your people and hates mine! He folds his strong protecting arms lovingly about the paleface and leads him by the hand as a father leads an infant son.” ~ Chief Seattle
  57. “Every part of the earth is sacred to my people.” ~ Chief Seattle

  58. “Our God, the Great Spirit, seems also to have forsaken us. Your God makes your people wax stronger every day. Soon they will fill all the land.” ~ Chief Seattle
  59. “How can your God become our God and renew our prosperity and awaken in us dreams of returning greatness?” ~ Chief Seattle
  60. “Whatever Seattle says, the great chief at Washington can rely upon with as much certainty as he can upon the return of the sun or the seasons.” ~ Chief Seattle
  61. “What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit” ~ Chief Seattle

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