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‘Act of Valor’s’ Inspiring Quotation from Tecumseh

posted by Nell Minow

The stirring words of the great Native American leader Tecumseh are movingly read in this week’s release featuring active duty Navy Seals.  Here they are:

So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their views, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a stranger if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs them of their visions. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

 

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Robert

    Absolutely wonderful movie. One of the best I have seen in many years. Because of the R rating for violence and some of the reviews I read beforehand my wife and I almost did not go. The reviews and the R rating where off target. This was an experience more than a movie… a very moving experience. The movie is about greatness and the fact that good wins over evil. Tecumseh’s Poem is a fitting piece for these American Warriors depicted in this film. Absolutely wonderful.

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you, Robert. I was moved to tears by the film. I’m so glad you saw it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edrick

    Felt so motivated to live life after reading this again and again! The movie was downright awesome btw. :)

    • Nell Minow

      Thanks, Edrick!

  • http://www.oxrun.com Dan O

    In case you are interested, I have found prints from this poem.

    http://www.waynemoran.com/blog2/2012/03/09/prints-tecumseh-poem-from-act-of-valor-movie/

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Don Rachinski

    WOW. Incredibly powerful message.

  • http://postedMarch23rd,2012 Nancy Bramlet

    This was a captivating movie. To all who serve and to all who want to serve and to all who have served. Thank you for your service.
    This movie definitely is a show of bravery, valor, and selfless service.
    I love my country and the men and women who serve and who have served to protect our freedoms.

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you very much, Ms. Bramlet, for this stirring comment. Much appreciated.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment CW3 (RET) Kevin Henderson

    These are truly some great words to live by

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Barry.

    To those and those like us, Damn Few.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Daniel Anderson

    My name is Daniel. I currently serve In the navy as a corpsmen. I absolutely loved this movie and it was so motivating to me. This is why I joined the navy and why I fight for my country. I believe this movie is more than just a movie, it’s a way of life for those that serve. And the poem at then end was perfect. Brought tears to my eyes.

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you, corpsman, for your comment, for your dedication, and for your service to our country. I’m so glad you appreciated the film.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Manny

    The poem at the end is such down right from heaven. It gave me so much motivation to look at my life in a very powerful and energetic way. I’m glad the actors were actual heros of our country.

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you, Manny. It continues to light my way.

  • http://edwindearborn.com Edwin

    I want this read at my funeral.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Haydez Ghayme

    I love dis quote so much….wish i can use it as a wallpaper

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brandon Spence

    I’m 20 years old and I’m a Navy Corpsman with the Marines, and this part of the movie really moves me to. It’s not just a quote from a movie, but however a way to live life, as I do. Fear is but a weakness, and if you live in fear, you’re not really living. Take each day for what it is, and live each day as if there is no tomorrow. Never take what you have for granted, as it may be gone before you even know what happened. #SemperFortis #SemperFidelis

    • Nell Minow

      Thank you, Corpsman Spence. We honor your service.

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