Amazing beauty can be found in quotes. My fascination with quotes is perhaps due to awe that human language skills and the printed word allow us to share wisdom, knowledge and inspiration even in short snippets. Or maybe it is that someone so eloquently put into words what I was thinking or wishing to express. I also appreciate that quotes often make me dig deeper. Who exactly said the words I value? Why did they say them and when?
Such questions occurred to me as I was preparing this blog post. While searching for a quote from the wise namesake of my beloved city, Chief Sealth, I discovered that most enlightened words attributed to this great man cannot be verified as being uttered from his lips or penned by his hand. Apparently, the only words of Chief Sealth's officially on record are here, and while eloquent, it isn't much.
I continue to see beauty in that a wonderful man like Chief Sealth can inspire wise words even if history cannot prove positive that he himself spoke them. So I changed the attribution of the quote that made me smile but still opted to share it here. And if it is true that a person lives on through the memories of the people left behind, quoting them and speaking their name, then I hope that even the misquotes of Chief Sealth help his great spirit remain near to this beautiful Cascadian land that he loved and that I adore.
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