Sherman Alexie Quotes

Sixty percent of all Indians live in urban areas, but nobody's writing about them. They're really an underrepresented population, and the ironic thing is very, very few of those we call Native American writers actually grew up on reservations, and yet most of their work is about reservations.

American Quotes, Work Quotes, Writers Quotes

You'd never know it from reading the rest of the Native writers, but Indians actually grew up with American pop culture.

American Quotes, Writers Quotes

I think that white women are more apt to read laterally. So I think there's some strong identification for women, and their political and social positions, and minorities. I think that the political power of, let's say, the average Indian man and a white woman are pretty equal.

Women Quotes, Minorities Quotes, Power Quotes

 

I think that white women are more apt to read laterally. So I think there's some strong identification for women, and their political and social positions, and minorities. I think that the political power of, let's say, the average Indian man and a white woman are pretty equal.

Women Quotes, Minorities Quotes, Power Quotes

My father was sleepless most of his life. So by the age of five, I was awake with him all night long, watching bad television or we'd lie in the same bed, and I'd read my comic books while he read his latest spy or mystery novel.

Age Quotes, Life Quotes, Mystery Quotes, Vision Quotes

I thought I'd been condescended to as an Indian - that was nothing compared to the condescension for writing young adult literature.

Thought Quotes, Literature Quotes

I had the feeling I was going to be successful, and I didn't want to be another disappointing Indian.

Success Quotes, Feeling Quotes

My wife was the first romantic partner who understood both American and native parts of me - not so much the positive stuff, but the damage.

Romantic Quotes, American Quotes

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

Respect Quotes

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

Children Quotes, Purpose Quotes, Authority Quotes

There isn't a lot of poverty literature in the young-adult world. And I don't know why that is, but I think certainly I felt a gap.

Literature Quotes, Poverty Quotes

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

Time Quotes, Poetry Quotes

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

Change Quotes, Opinion Quotes

White Americans have a short memory.

American Quotes, Memories Quotes

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.

Love Quotes

A lot of people have no idea that right now Y.A. (young adult). is the Garden of Eden of literature.

Literature Quotes

I don't think there's a whole lot of class literature at all. I think most of that has become racially based, and people don't think of it as being class literature.

Literature Quotes

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.

Life Quotes

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.

Life Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, American Quotes, Courage Quotes

In high school I dated a white woman. She would come to visit me on the rez. And her dad, who was very racist, didn't like that at all. And he told her one time, 'You shouldn't go on the rez if you're white because Indians have a lot of anger in their heart.'

Time Quotes, Anger Quotes, Heart Quotes

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.

Experience Quotes, Emotion Quotes

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.

Emotion Quotes

The problem is that too many adults think their kids' lives are simple, or they try to make their lives simple, when their emotional lives are just as complicated as ours. They might have a few less tools to deal with it because they're young, but the emotions are all the same, and the subject matter is all the same.

Emotion Quotes

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

Conflict Quotes

All art is exploitation.

Art Quotes

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

Time Quotes

Spiritual matters should be private.

Spiritual Quotes

Writing is a lonely business.

Business Quotes

I grew up in a storytelling culture, a tribal culture, but also in an American storytelling culture.

American Quotes

There have been players with Indian heritage, but there hasn't been a Native-American professional basketball player who became a regular for all sorts of social and political reasons.

American Quotes

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

Action Quotes