"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."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Black Elk on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Black Elk on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Black Elk on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Black Elk on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Black Elk on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking."
"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."
"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."
"There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men."