Happy Birthday, Sherman Alexie, born 7 October 1966
- If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.
- Don’t live up to your stereotypes.
- Read. Read 1000 pages for every one page that you write.
- 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.
- What kind of life can you have in a house without books?
- 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.
- You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don’t realise it.
- Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.
- The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don’t know.
- 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.
- I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.
- Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.
Alexie is a Native American poet, writer, and filmmaker. He is best known for The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Fistfight in Heaven, and Smoke Signals.
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