Chief Seattle quotes

“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”


“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.”


“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”

John Lame Deer Quotes

But even a medicine man like myself has to have some money, because you force me to live in your make-believe world where I can’t get along without it.

John Lame Deer

Listen to the air. You can hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it.

Woniya wakan—the holy air—which renews all by its breath.

Woniya, woniya wakan—spirit, life, breath, renewal—it means all that. Woniya—we sit together, don’t touch, but something is there; we feel it between us, as a presence.

A good way to start thinking about nature, talk about it. Rather: talk to it, talk to the rivers, to the lakes, to the winds as to our relatives.

John Lame Deer

The world in which you paint a picture in your mind, a picture which shows things different from what your eyes sees, that is the world from which I get my visions. I tell you this is the real world.

John Lame Deer

Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one.

Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

My friend, why should you wish to shorten my life by taking from me my shadow?

Crazy Horse, to army surgeon Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy, who tried to take a photograph of him

J&MC Quote 2

Hand in hand in a violent life
Making love on the edge of a knife
And the world comes tumbling down

Jesus and Mary Chain, April Skies

No video. Just listening and decided I really freaking love the line “Making love on the edge of a knife” and thought other people should love it too.

Back to what you were doing that was infinitely more entertaining and intellectual.

beyond this horizon/

to
go beyond the ninth wave
become irresponsible
a day
a month
a lifetime
to grasp those fey hours
without consequence
ahh -- what torrid fantasies 
nighttime breeds

And what you’ve not to do is this: bite no bit, and drink no drop, however hungry or thirsty you be; drink a drop, or bite a bit while in Elfland you be and never will you see Middle Earth again.

The Ballad of Childe Rowland

Balderdarsh! What does he know about such things?

© Michael Raven

Stranger in a Strange Land Quotes

What the self-styled modern artists are doing is a sort of unemotional pseudo-intellectual masturbation . . . whereas creative art is more like intercourse, in which the artist must seduce — render emotional his audience — each time.

Harshaw was working as hard as he ever worked. Most of his mind was occupied with watching pretty girls do pretty things with sun and water…

I am only an egg.

Robert A. Heinlein