Died: June 7, 1866

31 Greatest Quotes By Chief Seattle

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Chief Seattle
There is no death, only a change of worlds. Chief Seattle
All things are bound together. All things connect. Chief Seattle
Man belongs to the Earth, Earth does not belong to man. Chief Seattle
Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your city is numb to the stench. Chief Seattle
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
The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father. Chief Seattle
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
If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Chief Seattle
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
To harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator. Chief Seattle
All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children of the Earth. Chief Seattle
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
My people are few. They resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain. Chief Seattle
How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? ... The end of living and the beginning of survival. Chief Seattle
Day and night cannot dwell together. The Red Man has ever fled the approach of the White Man, as the morning mist flees before the morning sun. Chief Seattle
All creation is one. What we do to one, we do to the entire web of life. Chief Seattle
Tribe follows tribe, and nation follows nation, like the waves of the sea. It is the order of nature, and regret is useless. Chief Seattle
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
To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. Chief Seattle
Earth does not belong to us; we belong to earth. Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints. Chief Seattle
Our people are ebbing away like a rapidly receding tide that will never return. The white man's God cannot love our people, or He would protect them. Chief Seattle
What is man without the beasts? For if all the beast were gone, man would die of a great loneliness of the spirit. Chief Seattle
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
Humans merely share the earth. We can only protect the land, not own it. Chief Seattle
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
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
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