Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Every year, our white intruders become more greedy, exacting, oppressive, and overbearing. Every year, contentions spring up between them and our people, and when blood is shed, we have to make atonement, whether right or wrong, at the cost of the lives of our greatest chiefs and the yielding up of large tracts of our lands.
You, too, will be driven away from your native land and ancient domains as leaves are driven before the wintry storms. Sleep not longer, O Choctaws and Chickasaws, in false security and delusive hopes. Our broad domains are fast escaping from our grasp.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
When the legends die, the dreams end; there is no more greatness.
A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Tecumseh — quotes and aphorisms
From my tribe I take nothing, I am the maker of my own fortune.
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.