Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Cherokee Proverb, "The Two Wolves"

"The Two Wolves"

"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, generosity, empathy, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked the grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

A Cherokee Proverb


  1. Isn't it true, julie mitchell? We alone choose the content of our lives. I guess the moral of the story is, "Choose wisely!"

  2. this short parabel is actually of unknown origin in tribal lore, Gerry, and has been claimed by many. Its a fine old reminder of 'choice' and its ability to create. I've heard it repeated for many years from many sources.

  3. Thanks for the info, spottedwolf. You're right, it seems to be claimed by many,
    the site I found it on claimed Cherokee, so I went with that. Regardless, fine wisdom. Always good to "see" you, my friend.