Suspect Tecumseh quote

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 13 22:51:44 UTC 2013

For Garson:

In 1936 the naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton (and Julia Moss Seton)
published a multipage passage beginning with these words:

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and
demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify
all things in your life. ..."  (_The Gospel of the Red Man_, pp. 60ff.)

Seton called it "The Teachings of Wabasha," but he wrote that it was "Also
ascribed to Tecumseh, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Wovoka."

The action thriller _Act of Valor_ (2012) closes with a slightly edited
version. The first line at least has been quoted frequently, usually
credited to Tecumseh.

But where did Seton get it? Hathi & GB show nothing before 1936.


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