today is a good day to die
The phrase is frequently attributed to the Oglala Lakota war leader Crazy Horse (c. 1842 – 1877), though this is inaccurate as the earliest published reference, in the 14 August 1881 edition of the Leavenworth Times, attributes it to the Oglala Lakota chief Low Dog (c. 1846 – 1894).
- Hyphenation: to‧day is a good day to die
- An expression of willingness and even eagerness to give one's life for one's cause.
- One should never live a moment of one's life with any regrets, or tasks left undone.
- Klingon locution, often uttered when the odds seem to favor an opponent. It does not, however, represent a defeatist attitude. Quite the contrary, in a society in which warriors are so revered, to die in a battle is a noble aspiration.
- ^ See, for example, Kenneth Paul Kramer (1988), “American Indian Attitudes towards Death”, in The Sacred Art of Dying: How World Religions Understand Death, Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, ISBN 978-0-8091-2942-3, page 169: “One of the best known death songs was sung by the Sioux warrior Chief Crazy Horse just before he entered into battle: / Hoka hey! Follow me / Today is a good day to fight / Today is a good day to die.”.
- ^ The phrase appeared in an interview with Low Dog which was in a newspaper despatch sent from Fort Yates, North Dakota, USA, on 30 July 1881 and published in the Leavenworth Times two weeks later: see Richard G. Hardorff, editor , quoting Low Dog (2003), “The Low Dog Interview”, in Indian Views of the Custer Fight: A Sourcebook, Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN 978-0-8061-3690-5, pages 63 and 65: “We retreated until our men got all together, and then we charged upon them. I called to my men, ‘This is a good day to die: follow me.’”.