Ten Little Indians Quotes

Rate this book
Clear rating
Ten Little Indians Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
5,574 ratings, 4.08 average rating, 492 reviews
Open Preview
Ten Little Indians Quotes (showing 1-18 of 18)
“She wanted to be buried in a coffin filled with used paperbacks. ”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“Corliss wondered what happens to a book that sits unread on a library shelf for thirty years. Can a book rightfully be called a book if it never gets read?...

'How many books never get checked out," Corliss asked the librarian.

'Most of them,' she said.

Corliss never once considered the fate of library books. She loved books. How could she not worry about the unread? She felt like a disorganized scholar, an abusive mother, and a cowardly soldier.

'Are you serious?' Corliss asked. 'What are we talking about here? If you were guessing, what is the percentage of books in this library that never get checked out?'

'We're talking sixty percent of them. Seriously. Maybe seventy percent. And I'm being optimistic. It's probably more like eighty or ninety percent. This isn't a library, it's an orphanage.'

The librarian talked in a reverential whisper. Corliss knew she'd misjudged this passionate woman. Maybe she dressed poorly, but she was probably great in bed, certainly believed in God and goodness, and kept an illicit collection of overdue library books on her shelves.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“...And nostalgia is a cancer. Nostalgia will fill your heart up with tumors. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's what you are. You're just an old fart dying of terminal nostalgia.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“Like any good shaman, professional baseball player, or politician, my mother always answered questions with questions.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“We didn’t domesticate cats. They domesticated themselves. But not totally, you know? You take a good look at any house cat, and you can tell there’s eventually going to be a day when it goes back wild, you know? When it reverts to its true nature. You fall over and die in a house with your dog, and your dog will lie down beside your dead body, maybe right on top of it, and starve to death. But a house cat will feast on your eyes as soon as its stomach starts growling.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“[F]rank knew he was guilty of arrogance and misanthropy, but he compensated by being kind to strangers and tipping really well at restaurants.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“She’d wanted to completely shave her head: I don’t want long hair, I don’t want short hair, I don’t want hair at all, and I don’t want to be a girl or a boy, I want to be a yellow and orange leaf some little kid picks up and pastes in his scrapbook.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“So I guess you were hopelessly romantic and easily distracted, a B-plus mother, certainly good enough to get into Matriarchal State University but not quite good enough for St. Mary's College of the Blessed Womb Warriors.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“As for romance, Frank had dated a few women over the years but found them to be too inconsistent and illogical, so he dated a few men and found them to be even more random and frightening.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“If human beings possessed endless possibilities, then cities contained exponential hopes.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“Exoticism was hard to find in Pullman, Washington. ”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“She knew Indians were obsessed with authenticity. Colonized, genocided, exiled, Indians formed their identities by questioning the identities of other Indians. Self-hating,”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“She endured a contentious and passionate relationship with this library. The huge number of books confirmed how much magic she’d been denied for most of her life, and now she hungrily wanted to read every book on every shelf. An impossible task, to be sure, Herculean in its exaggeration, but Corliss wanted to read herself to death. She wanted to be buried in a coffin filled with used paperbacks. She”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“Can a book rightfully be called a book if it never gets read?”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“If a tree falls in a forest and gets pulped to make paper for a book that never gets read, but there’s nobody there to read it, does it make a sound?”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“Sharon was Apache, and I was Spokane, but we practiced our tribal religions like we practiced Catholicism: We loved all of the ceremonies but thought they were pitiful cries to a disinterested god.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“If a poet falls in a forest, and there’s nobody there to hear him, does he make a metaphor or simile?”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians
“Late at night I go out and listen to the wind. That’s all the wisdom I need. I mean, I love books, but shoot, most of the world’s wisdom is not contained in books.”
Sherman Alexie, Ten Little Indians

All Quotes
Quotes By Sherman Alexie
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game