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“If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.”
Sherman Alexie, The Toughest Indian in the World
“Poetry = Anger x Imagination”
Sherman Alexie, One Stick Song
“Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,' I said. 'By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“If you're good at it, and you love it, and it helps you navigate the river of the world, then it can't be wrong.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“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.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know.”
Sherman Alexie
“Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“We all have to find our own ways to say good-bye.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“Do you know why the Indian rain dances always worked? Because the Indians would keep dancing until it rained.”
Sherman Alexie
“When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing.

And so, laughing and crying, we said good-bye to my grandmother. And when we said goodbye to one grandmother, we said good-bye to all of them.

Each funeral was a funeral for all of us.

We lived and died together.

All of us laughed when they lowered my grandmother into the ground.

And all of us laughed when they covered her with dirt.

And all of us laughed as we walked and drove and rode our way back to our lonely, lonely houses.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“My grandmother's greatest gift was tolerance. Now, in the old days, Indians used to be forgiving of any kind of eccentricity. In fact, weird people were often celebrated. Epileptics were often shamans because people just assumed that God gave seizure-visions to the lucky ones. Gay people were seen as magical too. I mean, like in many cultures, men were viewed as warriors and women were viewed as caregivers. But gay people, being both male and female, were seen as both warriors and caregivers. Gay people could do anything. They were like Swiss Army knives! My grandmother had no use for all the gay bashing and homophobia in the world, especially among other Indians. "Jeez," she said, Who cares if a man wants to marry another man? All I want to know is who's going to pick up all the dirty socks?" (155)”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads.”
Sherman Alexie
“I draw because words are too unpredictable.
I draw because words are too limited.
If you speak and write in English, or Spanish, or Chinese, or any other language, then only a certain percentage of human beings will get your meaning.
But when you draw a picture everybody can understand it.
If I draw a cartoon of a flower, then every man, woman, and child in the world can look at it and say, "That's a flower.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“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)”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“If you care about something enough, it’s going to make you cry. But you have to use it. Use your tears. Use your pain. Use your fear. Get mad. Arnold, get mad.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“As a child, I read because books–violent and not, blasphemous and not, terrifying and not–were the most loving and trustworthy things in my life. I read widely, and loved plenty of the classics so, yes, I recognized the domestic terrors faced by Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters. But I became the kid chased by werewolves, vampires, and evil clowns in Stephen King’s books. I read books about monsters and monstrous things, often written with monstrous language, because they taught me how to battle the real monsters in my life.

And now I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that. I write to give them weapons–in the form of words and ideas-that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed.”
Sherman Alexie
“That's right, I am a book kisser.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?”
Sherman Alexie, Flight
“She wanted to be buried in a coffin filled with used paperbacks. ”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“I was studying the sky like I was an astronomer, except it was daytime and I didn't have a telescope, so I was just an idiot.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“You read a book for the story, for each of its words," Gordy said, "and you draw your cartoons for the story, for each of the words and images. And, yeah, you need to take that seriously, but you should also read and draw because really good books and cartoons give you a boner."

I was shocked:

"Did you just say books should give me a boner?"

"Yes, I did."

"Are you serious?"

"Yeah... don't you get excited about books?"

"I don't think that you're supposed to get THAT excited about books."

"You should get a boner! You have to get a boner!" Gordy shouted. "Come on!"

We ran into the Reardan High School Library.

"Look at all these books," he said.

"There aren't that many," I said. It was a small library in a small high school in a small town.

"There are three thousand four hundred and twelve books here," Gordy said. "I know that because I counted them."

"Okay, now you're officially a freak," I said.

"Yes, it's a small library. It's a tiny one. But if you read one of these books a day, it would still take you almost ten years to finish."

"What's your point?"

"The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know."

Wow. That was a huge idea.

Any town, even one as small as Reardan, was a place of mystery. And that meant Wellpinit, the smaller, Indian town, was also a place of mystery.

"Okay, so it's like each of these books is a mystery. Every book is a mystery. And if you read all of the books ever written, it's like you've read one giant mystery. And no matter how much you learn, you keep on learning so much more you need to learn."

"Yes, yes, yes, yes," Gordy said. "Now doesn't that give you a boner?"

"I am rock hard," I said.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“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.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“Read. Read 1000 pages for every 1 page that you write.”
Sherman Alexie
“Everyone I have lost
in the closing of a door
the click of the lock

is not forgotten, they
do not die but remain
within the soft edges
of the earth, the ash

of house fires and cancer
in sin and forgiveness
huddled under old blankets

dreaming their way into
my hands, my heart
closing tight like fists.

- "Indian Boy Love Song #1”
Sherman Alexie, The Business of Fancydancing
“Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don't want to play.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“We're all travelling heavy with illusions.”
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

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