Black Elk Quotes

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Born: December 1, 1863, Wyoming, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, USA, August 17, 1950
Occupation: Author

1.
Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.
- Black Elk

2.
And if the great fear had not come upon me, as it did, and forced me to do my duty, I might have been less good to the people than some man who had never dreamed at all, even with the memory of so great a vision in me.
- Black Elk

3.
Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.
- Black Elk

4.
I cured with the power that came through me.
- Black Elk

5.
I had a vision with which I might have saved my people, but I had not the strength to do it.
- Black Elk

6.
I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them, and from the same good spirit we must find another strength.
- Black Elk

7.
I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood, that a man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.
- Black Elk

8.
Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us and it was very still but there were whispers.
- Black Elk

9.
Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.
- Black Elk

10.
The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls.
- Black Elk

11.
There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.
- Black Elk

12.
To use the power of the bison, I had to perform that part of my vision for the people to see.
- Black Elk

13.
You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to earth as rain, and it was drought that I had killed with the power that the Six Grandfathers gave me.
- Black Elk

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