Charles_Eastman_(Ohiyesa)“Lakota believe profoundly in silence–the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. They who preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence–not a leaf as it were, a stir in the trees; not a ripple upon the surface of a shining pool–this, in the mind of an unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life… What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.”


-Ohiyesa of the Santee Dakota Sioux




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