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Philosophy of the day- Indigenous Australians

“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”

- Australian Aboriginal proverb

Amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there are many different languages, cultures and beliefs. They have offered remarkable wisdom that counters much of what we are taught in the west. Indigenous Australians are diverse yet for many, being Indigenous is about having a deep connection to the land, community and culture. Here are some proverbs and quotes that reflect some of the wisdom of the Indigenous Australians.


“This earth, I never damage. I look after. Fire is nothing, just clean up. When you burn, new grass coming up. That means good animal soon, Might be goanna, possum, wallaby. Burn him off, new grass coming up, new life all over.” – Bill Neidjie (last surviving speaker of the Gaagudju language).

“To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick. It’s about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can’t be separated from the other.” – Dr Tamara Mackean (a researcher and Waljen woman of the Goldfields region of Western Australia).

“Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live or breathe.” – Mudrooroo (a novelist, poet, essayist and playwright).


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

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

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

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

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