Kent Nerburn

A Quote by Kent Nerburn

"Our brightest dreams and our greatest fears are just over the horizon."

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on leadership, power, selfishness, and politics

… Good leaders wait to be called and they give up their power when they are no longer needed.  Selfish men and fools put themselves first and keep their power until someone throws them out.  It is no good to have a way where selfish men and fools fight with each other to be leaders, while the good ones watch.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder, Pages: 178

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on indian wisdom and right action

You want to know how to be like indians?  Live close to the earth.  Get rid of some of your things.  Help each other.  Talk to the creator.  Be quiet more.  Listen to the earth instead of building things on it all the time.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder, Pages: 161

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on chief joseph and truth

It does not require many words to speak the truth
Chief Joseph - Nez Perce

Kent Nerburn

Source: Native American Wisdom (The Classic Wisdom Collection)

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on male, manhood, men, strength, fear, and power

We are born male.  We must learn to be men.  Remember, strength is a force.  It is an attribute of the heart.  Its opposite is not weakness and fear, but confusion, lack of clarity, and lack of sound intention.  If you are able to discern the path with heart and follow it even when at the moment it seems wrong, then and only then are you strong.  Remember the words of Tao te ching.  "The only true strength is a strength that people do not fear."  Strength based in force is a strength people fear.  Strength based in love is a strength people crave.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 26

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on grandmother earth, ownership, and honor

You need to understand this.  We did not think we owned the land.  The land was part of us.  We didn't even know about owning the land.  It is like talking about owning your grandmother - you can't own your grandmother.  She just is your grandmother.  Why would you talk about owning her?

Kent Nerburn

Source: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder, Pages: 40

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on age, patience, teachers, elders, lessons, and change

It is not easy for a man to be as great as a mountain or a forest.  But that is why the creator gave them to us as teachers.  Now that I am old I Iook once more toward them for lessons, instead of trying to understand the ways of men. They tell me to be patient.  They tell me I cannot change what is, I can only hope to change what will become.  Let the grasses grow over our scars, they say, and let flowers bloom over our wounds.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder, Pages: 21..22

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on present presence, presence, and attention

When you are here, you are here.  When you are gone, you are gone.  It isn't a problem to be gone, so long as you are really here when you're here.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder, Pages: 40

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on weakness and lessons

"We are weak," Dan said. "We are weak for alcohol.  Just like white people are weak for owning things."  He turned to me.  "But those weaknesses are gifts, just like our strengths are gifts.  Weaknesses make us strong, because they make us stand up to ourselves."

Kent Nerburn

Source: Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads With an Indian Elder, Pages: 156

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on giving, magic of giving, and gifts

Giving is a generative act.  When you give of yourself something new comes in to being.  Two people, who moments before were trapped in separate worlds of private cares, suddenly meet each other over a simple act of sharing; warmth, even joy is created.  The world expands, a bit of goodness is brought forth, and a small miracle occurs.  You must never underestimate this miracle.  Too many good people think they have to become Mother Teresa or Albert Schweetzer, or even Santa Claus, and perform great acts if they are to be givers.  They don't see the simple openings of the heart that can be practiced anywhere with almost anyone.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 48

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