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Aboriginal Sayings and Quotes

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Starting off with a handful of powerful unattributable sayings, followed by some more recent quotations...

Uluru rock, Australia

“Traveler, there are no paths. Paths are made by walking.”

“Those who lose dreaming are lost.”

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”

“The more you know, the less you need.”

“May as well be here, we are as where we are.”

“Keep your eyes on the sun, and you will not see the shadows.”

“The land owns us.”

“Our spirituality is oneness and an inter-connectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live or breathe.” Mudrooroo

“We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy.” Tom Dystra

“The land is my backbone… I only stand straight, happy, proud, and not ashamed about my colour because I still have land… I think of land as the history of my nation.” Galarrwuy Yunipingu

“We have our eye on the same destination – a sustainable future where Indigenous people are recognised for their wisdom and honoured for their culture – there is no problem taking a different path to reach that place.” Kirstie Parker

“The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment, and provides our needs – economic, social, and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land, and we are part of it.” Djinyini Gondarra


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