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Black Elk Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Black Elk.

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

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

If you will read again what is written,
you will see how it was.
- Black Elk

And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.
- Black Elk

 

Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.
- Black Elk

A good nation I will make live.
- Black Elk

I looked about me once again, and suddenly the dancing
horses without number changed into animals of every
kind and into all the fowls that are,
and these fled back to the four quarters of the world
from whence the horses came,
and vanished.
- Black Elk

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After the horse dance was over, it seemed that I was
above the ground and did not touch it when I walked.
- Black Elk

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the
many hoops that made one circle,
wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center
grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children
of one mother and one father.
- Black Elk

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

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

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

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

I was four years old then, and I think it must have
been the next summer that I first heard the voices.
- Black Elk

You remember that my great vision came to me when I was only nine years old,
and you have seen that I was not much good for anything
until after I had performed the horse dance near the
mouth of the Tongue River during my eighteenth summer.
- Black Elk

The soldiers did go away and their towns were torn down;
and in the Moon of Falling Leaves (November),
they made a treaty with Red Cloud that said our country
would be ours as long as grass should grow and water flow.
- Black Elk

My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life,
as you wish; and if it were only the story of my life
I think I would not tell it;
for what is one man that he should make much of his winters,
even when they bend him like a heavy snow?
- Black Elk

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

So I took the bright red stick and at the center of
the nation's hoop I thrust it in the earth.
- Black Elk

I looked below and saw my people there,
and all were well and happy except one,
and he was lying like the dead - and that one was myself.
- Black Elk

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

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

They told me I had been sick twelve days,
lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser,
who was Standing Bear's uncle and a medicine man,
had brought me back to life.
- Black Elk

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

But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way,
even though I may die sooner because I did it;
for I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good;
and you can see that I am only a pitiful old man after all.
- Black Elk

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

When I got back to my father and mother and was sitting up there in our tepee,
my face was still all puffed and my legs and arms were badly swollen;
but I felt good all over and wanted to get right up and run around.
- Black Elk

Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth
and lean to hear my feeble voice.
- Black Elk

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

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

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

When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome.
Then, of course, you spoke.
- the movie As Good As It Gets (1997)

I had one companion.
He was a teacher from the Ukraine who spoke English
so we could communicate a bit.
I learnt a few Russian words, but it was hard to concentrate.
- Mathias Rust

My life has been one great big joke,
a dance that's walked a song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
- Maya Angelou

The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups.
I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers
and book groups from a couple of churches.
- Anita Diament

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt.
Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe.
He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world.
- W. Averell Harriman

Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke.
Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country,
deserve a song?
- Francis Scott Key

Well, I like how people talk.
I like language.
You know, Linda Richman spoke in Yiddish.
- Mike Myers

When, at the end of the 1960s, I became interested in the Nazi era,
it was a taboo subject in Germany.
No one spoke about it anymore, no more in my house than anywhere else.
- Anselm Kiefer

For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke
of women as a necessary evil,
and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.
- Annie Besant

When you first entered the restaurant,
I thought you were handsome...
and then, of course, you spoke.
- Helen Hunt

When I started, there weren't that many kids doing it in the city,
but the in the wave after me there were a lot of them
and they actually never spoke to each other.
- Eric San

You might say I was a little bit more outspoken...
I spoke my mind.
- Bobby Hull

The hiatus you spoke about happened in 1998.
I was somewhat numb from being out on the road every night.
I had to stop because I was emotionally and physically drained.
- Chuck Mangione

I was the first candidate to come out against this war,
spoke at every anti-war march.
- Al Sharpton

When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss
to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention,
and giving the tone to the conversation.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

More than this, even in those white men who professed
religion we found much inconsistency of conduct.
They spoke much of spiritual things,
while seeking only the material.
- Charles Eastman

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one;
stronger than magician ever spoke,
or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
- Charles Dickens

President-elect Bush spoke in a forceful and candid
manner that it is his passion that all children should
have access to a first class education.
- George Miller

I spoke without fear of contradiction.
I simply did not suffer self-doubt.
- Elia Kazan

I wish that I spoke more languages.
I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself.
French is really the only one, and it's a difficult thing.
- Jodie Foster

Well, as an artist, I think that Elvis's generosity
to me he always talked very highly about me,
he always spoke very highly about my work and singing and my writing.
- Jackie DeShannon

Momo listened to everyone and everything -
even to the rain and the wind and the pine trees -
and all of them spoke to her after their own fashion.
- Michael Ende

Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite revolutionaries.
He spoke from his heart, his mind.
That's what I want to do.
- Erykah Badu

I grew up in a very literate, very independent household
where people spoke their ideas and were very supportive
of helping each other find their own way.
- Lucinda Williams

The pressure isn't on my brain, but on my mouth.
I realized Sam Malone said very little,
he spoke in little sentences.
Which is much more comfortable for me for some reason.
- Ted Danson

Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to.
- Richard Harris Barham

When Jane and I spoke out, people thought,
What ungrateful children those two kids are to be that
nasty about their father.
- Peter Fonda

What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me.
I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and
who has my complete trust.
- Pope John Paul II

I went to a rare live Van Dyke show and met him there.
And then he came to a show of mine and we spoke back stage.
The third time was at Brian Wilson's birthday party.
- Matthew Sweet

I was on the Johnny Carson show, I believe 114 or 104 times.
And aside from those times on the air,
I never spoke to him.
I never met him.
- Tony Randall

And I spoke out on women's rights, like equal pay for equal work.
- Karen Morley

It Might As Well Be Spring...
I used to sing that as a young girl in my voice lessons.
Then I picked it up again and it spoke to me in a whole new way.
- Bernadette Peters

Peter remained very quiet and shy, but when he spoke it made sense.
- Jonathan King

After Zorro, people spoke Spanish to me for ages.
I'm Welsh but that movie instantly gave me a new ethnicity.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones

The story about me, apocryphal or not,
is that I could sing before I spoke.
My parents went into bedroom one day and there I was
standing in the crib singing God Bless America.
- Linda Lavin

In Berlin I especially enjoyed the orchestral concerts,
and I attended a large number of them.
I formed the acquaintance of a good many musicians,
several of whom spoke of my playing in high terms.
- James Weldon Johnson

The Lord had been very gracious, and spoke peace to
me in the time of my distress,
and I now most ungratefully turned again to folly;
at times I felt sharp reproof,
but I did not get low enough to cry for help.
- John Woolman

My family, frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week.
My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew
but she didn't raise me in the church,
so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it
was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me
in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.
- Barack Obama

Between his eyes, there were four lines,
the marks of such misery as children should never feel.
He spoke with that wonderful whisky voice that so many Spanish children have,
and he was a tough and entire little boy.
- Martha Gellhorn

I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland,
saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke
to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war
and talked about why they had come back.
- Steven Spielberg


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