32 Famous Sherman Alexie Quotes

32 Famous Sherman Alexie Quotes

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Sherman Alexie is a filmmaker and poet from Wellpinit, Washington. His writings are highly influenced from his Native American roots. Alexie himself grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Some of his most famous works of literature include The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and War Dances.

“But the real interesting stuff is in the cellar and the attic.”

“But we danced, under wigs and between unfinished walls, through broken promises and around empty cupboards.”

“Certainly I’m angry at the way Indians have been treated and continue to be treated. But I don’t think it’s a helpless emotion.”

“Frank knew he was guilty of arrogance and misanthropy, but he compensated by being kind to strangers and tipping really well at restaurants.”

“I don’t know what any individual should do about crossing her own borders. I only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders.”

“I drew because words were too unpredictable.”

“I look more Indian when I’m serious.”

“I suddenly understood that if every moment of a book should be taken seriously, then every moment of a life should be taken seriously as well.”

“If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.”

“I’m a poet who can whine in meter”

“In the middle of the night, when you’re ambiguously ethnic, like me, when you’re brown, beige, mauve, siena, one of those lighter browns in the Crayola box. You have to be careful of the
cops and robbers, because nobody’s quite sure what you are, but everybody has assumptions.”

“It’s not oil that runs the world, it’s shame.”

“Let us now celebrate the literary allusion.”

“Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.”

“Listen you have to read a book three times before you know it.”

“My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures.”

“My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is absolutely the saddest thing in the world.”

“Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.”

“Non-Indian writers usually say “Great Spirit,” “Mother Earth,” “Two-Legged, Four-Legged, and Winged.” Mixed-blood writers usually say “Creator, “Mother Earth,” “Two-Legged, Four- Legged,
and Winged.” Indian writers usually say “God,” “Mother Earth,” “Human Being, Dog, and Bird.”

“One play can change your momentum forever.”

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

“She wanted to be buried in a coffin filled with used paperbacks.”

“She was in pain and I loved her, sort of loved her, I guess, so I kind of had to love her pain, too.”

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

“The ordinary can be like medicine.”

“The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don’t know.”

“We are taught to take the bread into our bodies as proof of Jesus’s body.”

“We’re all travelling heavy with illusions.”

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

“When a glass sits on a table here, people don’t wonder if it’s half filled or half empty. They just hope it’s good beer.”

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

“You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don’t realize it.”