A Cherokee Legend: Two Wolves Within

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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Published in: on January 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm  Comments (3)  

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I like this story. Thanks for posting it. Brianna

  2. Hi, I am wanting to get the “two wolves within” tattoo on myself, however, i am struggling to find a translation of the words into Cherokee.

  3. this story is good and has many life values.
    But this is not the full story.


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