Sherman Alexie Quotes

Sherman Alexie Quotes

He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.

If it's fiction, then it better be true.

He was going to punish me now. He couldn't beat me up with his old man fists, but he could hurt me with his old man words.

What kind of life can you have in a house without books?

Read. Read 1000 pages for every 1 page that you write.

The ordinary can be like medicine.

It's not oil that runs the world, it's shame.

When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing.

And believe me, a good piece of chicken can make anybody believe in the existence of God.

Somebody dies and people eat your food. Funny how that works.

Poetry = Anger x Imagination

Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together.

You can do it.

I was emotionally erect.

Your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you, and your future is a a skeleton walking one step in front of you. Maybe you don't wear a watch, but your skeletons do, and they always know what time it is.

Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don't want to play.

If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads.

He looked into the crowd for approval, saw his mother and father. He waved and they waved back. Smiles and Indian teeth. They were both drunk. Everything familiar and welcome. Everything beautiful.

Summer coming like a car from down the highway.

Seems like the cold would never go away and winter would be like the bottom of my feet but then it is gone in one night and in its place comes the sun so large and laughable.

Ialways think it's funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during the first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians.
So I'm never quite sure why we eat Turkey like everybody else. (101)

There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away. (107)

Pain is never added to pain. It multiplies.

I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.

(I think Rowdy might be the most important person in my life. maybe more important than my family.) Can your best friend be more importamt than your family? (24)

And I couldn't make fun of her for that dream. It was my dream, too. And Indian boys weren't supposed to dream like that. And white girls from small towns weren't supposed to dream big, either.
We were supposed to be happy with our limitations. But there was no way Penelope and I were going to sit still. Nope, we both wanted to fly:

I would close my eyes and dream of something strong, dream of horses exploding, rising into the air, their hearts beating survive, survive, survive.

What if someone picks on me?" I asked
Then I'll pick on them".
What if someone picks my nose?" I asked.
The I'll pick your nose, too" Rowdy said.

(So I heard the boom of my fathr's rifle when he shot my best friend.) A bullet only costs about two cents, and anybody can afford that.(14)

I'm a freak with power.

It was so quiet, a reservation kind of quiet, where you can hear somebody drinking whiskey on the rocks three miles away.

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