Australian Aboriginal Sayings

A 1000 miles journey starts with a single step.

Being Aboriginal is not the color of your skin or how broad your nose is. It is a spiritual feeling, an identity you know in your heart. … It is a unique feeling that is difficult for non-Aboriginal to fully understand.

Hypocrite – mouth one way, belly ‘nother.

“There is a need to map and measure what factors will enable change to live beyond a short term fix and deliver value through sustainable change and share responsibility for achieving outcomes. We need to build the capacity of people in communities to manage their own affairs.”

“We need to take our ideas and aspirations, act on them, see them through to success and not give up when the quest gets challenging.”

“I have always believed and promoted the fact that education and access to the knowledge society involves lifelong learning.”

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

Land is a central part of the connection to country and to our identity as people. Many of our significant sites, landscapes, customs and stories focus on connection to land. Land is therefore very important to our culture, history and future.

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

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.

“An effective leader creates specific, achievable goals, initiates action and enlists the participation of others. They remove distractions; grasps the bigger picture, focuses on one task at a time; completes the task competently and organizes for the future.”

“We can walk together to change the status quo.”

“The concepts of community and community life, have since the Dreaming, always held special significance for Aboriginal people because both provided the physical, cultural, spiritual and social environments, which supported children, young people, families and the aged.”

“If you can see the invisible, then you can see the possible and provide the opportunities for trust, commitment and ways of empowering others to manage their past, present and future.”

“As Aboriginal people we have always retained our resilience, our humour and our cultural integrity – we will always retain our dreams and a vision for the future for our people.”

“Be proud of your Culture – it is not a barrier to your aspirations, dreams and achievement but it is the essence of who you are and the qualities that you have as a person.”

“The purpose of life is to matter and be ever mindful of the opportunities that we can both individually and collectively provide for others.”

“The purpose of life is to matter and be ever mindful of the opportunities that we can both individually and collectively provide for our Families and Communities in making a difference to their outcomes.”

“Some will retain the status quo and hope that the future remains static – change is challenging and hard work.”

The land owns us.

The more you know, the less you need.

Those who lose dreaming are lost.

Those who play at bowls must look out for rubbers.

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

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