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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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“That's right, I am a book kisser.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“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
“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
“You have to love somebody that much to also hate them that much, too. (191)”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“Drinking would shut down my seeing and my hearing and my feeling," she used to say. "Why would I want to be in the world if I couldn't touch the world with all of my senses intact?”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“I've learned that the worst thing a parent can do is ignore their children”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“Coach said. "the quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor".”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“I didn't know what to say to her. What do you say to people when they ask how it feels to lose everything? When every planet in your solar system has exploded?”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“When anybody, no matter how old they are, loses a parent, I think it hurts the same as if you were only five years old, you know? 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
“Grief is when you feel so helpless and stupid that you think nothing will ever be right again, and your macaroni and cheese tastes like sawdust, and you can't even jerk off because it seems like too much trouble. (172)”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“Did she say anything before she died?" he asked.
Yes", the surgeon said. "She said, 'Forgive him'"
Forgive him?" my father asked.
I think she was referring to the drunk driver who killed her."
Wow.
My grandmother's last act on earth was a call for forgiveness, love and tolerance.
She wanted us to forgive Gerald, the dumb-ass Spokane Indian alcoholic who ran her over and killed her.
I think My Dad wanted to go find Gerald and beat him to death.
I think my mother would have helped him.
I think I would have helped him, too.
But my grandmother wanted us to forgive her murderer.
Even dead, she was a better person than us.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
“We only know how to lose and be lost.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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