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Sherman Alexie quotes

My father is an amazing man.

I felt so conflicted about having fled the rez as a kid that I created a whole literary career that left me there.

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

All I owe the world is my art.

We all know the Indians were colonized by the Europeans, but every colonized Indian has been colonized by the Indian reaction to colonization.

You want the good life? You live where white people live, you go to school where white people go to school, and you shop where white people shop.

I'm a method writer. In order to write about the emotion, I have to experience it. I get physically tired and exhausted, devoting hours and hours and hours to it.

All art is exploitation.

I don't have to participate in another culture's ceremonies in order to respect that culture.

I wanted to do a weird book and reestablish my independent, small-press roots.

I've come to the point in my life where I encourage young Native Americans to become much more selfish about their personal needs and wants.

In a real-world way, my gifts are very limited in terms of what I can do.

My career means, if you're a non-Indian writing about Indians, at least there's one Indian in your rearview mirror.

The people who loved me when I was seven years old love my books, and the people who didn't like me when I was seven years old don't like my books.

Writing is a lonely business.

When you read a piece of writing that you admire, send a note of thanks to the author.

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 was a controversial figure on my reservation when I was a kid. I was mouthy and opinionated and arrogant. Nothing has changed.

Don't live up to your stereotypes.

If I wasn't writing poems I'd be washing my hands all the time.