120+ (BEST) Famous Sherman Alexie Quotes About Education

About Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a well-known novelist who specializes in Native American literature. He had been plagued by medical issues since boyhood, and it was feared that he would suffer from mental difficulties for the rest of his life. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother had to work long hours to cover the cost of his pricey drugs.

He was aspired to be a doctor, but his love of writing led him to pursue a career in creative writing. He began his writing career with the publication of his debut poetry collection, titled ‘The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems.’

This was followed by three more successful poetry books, all of which were heavily impacted by his interactions with Native Americans.

He then published his first work of literature, a collection of twenty interwoven short stories called ‘The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.’

This became one of his most noteworthy works, and it also signaled the beginning of his great career. This inspired him to produce further novels, beginning with ‘Reservation Blues,’ in order to establish his literary standing.

Through his works, he describes the oppressions endured by indigenous in a lighthearted manner. Examine the statements and sayings of this famous writer to learn more about life.

Take a look at Sherman Alexie’s significant comments and opinions on imagination, kissing, lovers, addiction, boredom, and necessity.

Famous Sherman Alexie Quotes

Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community. -Sherman Alexie.

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

Do you know why the Indian rain dances always worked? Because the Indians would keep dancing until it rained. -Sherman Alexie

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

Our lives are not our own. We’re here for a purpose but we don’t understand what that purpose is. -Sherman Alexie

There’s a lot of sadness in the world but there’s also beauty and love. -Sherman Alexie

The traditional Indian way was to be constantly in motion, to be in good shape and good health and strong, like the buffalo that was always bouncing along on its hooves into the future.-Sherman Alexie

Life is a short movie, and you’re always in the credits.-Sherman Alexie

It’s easier to stand by someone than it is to be someone’s stand-by.-Sherman Alexie

There’s only one way you can make a baby crazy-talking to it all the time. -Sherman Alexie

I’m not sure that anyone has ever been born on purpose in this world and I’m not sure that anyone ever will be.-Sherman Alexie

You need to have a vision of who you are and what you’re working for. You need to know who your are and what your purpose is. -Sherman Alexie

He was always there for me, but he never gave up.-Sherman Alexie

I don’t know what I was trying to do in my life, or why I’m alive at all.-Sherman Alexie

I have a really great life, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.-Sherman Alexie

The world is full of people who will try to destroy you, even if you’re not one of them.-Sherman Alexie

It’s hard for every Indian to live life like that. You always have to do what’s right. -Sherman Alexie

When you move away, it’s almost like a death. -Sherman Alexie

I don’t know that I’m any good at being a parent or if I even want to be one.-Sherman Alexie

In my heart, there are too many suicides and too many unsolved murders.-Sherman Alexie

It’s easier for Indians to believe in the powers of magic than it is for Indians to believe in the powers of reason.-Sherman Alexie

I didn’t become a writer because I had something to say; I became a writer because I had something to hide.-Sherman Alexie

The first time you throw up on somebody’s shoes, it’s like that. You’re not even angry yet, you’re still in shock. -Sherman Alexie

I’ve outgrown the world I was raised in.-Sherman Alexie

It doesn’t matter where you came from; what matters is where you are headed. -Sherman Alexie

I’d like to know where I’m supposed to go. I can’t stay in the house forever.-Sherman Alexie

I have a tendency to look at things differently now; it’s like my brain is expanding. -Sherman Alexie

There’s no real reason why we handle things the way we do; we just do it that way. -Sherman Alexie

Sometimes the hardest thing is just sitting down and doing it. -Sherman Alexie

You’re not going to grow up and save the world. I mean, save the earth, but not save the world.-Sherman Alexie

We’re all just waiting for something to happen. Why not be ready for when it does?-Sherman Alexie

I’m glad I don’t have an Indian name because then people would find a way to make fun of me.-Sherman Alexie

I’m not in tune with being a Native anymore.-Sherman Alexie

I think it’s good to be confused. I think it’s part of life to be confused.-Sherman Alexie

I don’t want to grow up; I’m a kid, and kids don’t grow up.-Sherman Alexie

I did what white people would do; I rebelled against my own family and the only culture I had left.-Sherman Alexie

I did what I thought was right. I try to be accountable for my actions, but I’m not accountable for what other people do.-Sherman Alexie

I think that the older you get, the more your body understands you and makes things happen.-Sherman Alexie

People don’t know a lot about Indians yet. They’re just starting to figure us out.-Sherman Alexie

Actions have consequences, and sometimes those consequences might not be what you wanted.-Sherman Alexie

It’s hard for me to say where I’m from because I don’t really know where I’m from.-Sherman Alexie

I think that the only way to survive is to pay attention.-Sherman Alexie

I’ll never do anything to harm my children, but I will let them see some of the worst I have seen.-Sherman Alexie

If you’re going to try to be everything to everybody, you’re going to end up being nothing to nobody.-Sherman Alexie

I think knowledge is good. Curiosity and knowledge are two sides of the same coin.-Sherman Alexie

I have an Indian name, and I don’t care what anyone thinks about that name.-Sherman Alexie

If I tell something that’s true in my book, then it doesn’t go away even if I’m not publishing it anymore. It’s still there. Those words exist, they’re out there, and someone will find them some day.-Sherman Alexie

The world isn’t going to change for you; you have to change yourself.-Sherman Alexie

Indian people always know something is wrong in the world because we’re from the place with all the problems.-Sherman Alexie

The truth often hurts because it’s an actual fact.-Sherman Alexie

Television is a great invention if you want to see the same things over and over again.-Sherman Alexie

I was never as alone as I was when I was a part of a crowd.-Sherman Alexie

For me, it’s easy to write because that’s what I do. It’s not like writing something that’s difficult; it’s like cleaning the kitchen or walking my dog.-Sherman Alexie

You never know what life will throw at you. I almost feel like I’m immortal.-Sherman Alexie

One of the things I have found is that, for some people, the only way to know what racism is, is to be on the receiving end of it.-Sherman Alexie

I think all of my books are pretty personal. The ones that talk about my mother and the rest of my family in a way that’s not very flattering, I think that’s because I have a hard time with them as well.-Sherman Alexie

You know, there are times when I think to myself: what did I do to be born in this country?-Sherman Alexie

People get caught up in all their little, everyday lives, and they don’t look around them at all. I think that’s what’s so scary about the world. It’s the little things.-Sherman Alexie

I was in a wheelchair for most of my life, and so it was easy for me to see how other people felt like they were walking all over me all the time.-Sherman Alexie

I guess I’ve always looked at myself as being a little bit different from everybody else.-Sherman Alexie

I’m not sure how much I’m going to write or talk about my life, but I’ll try.-Sherman Alexie

People just have to believe in themselves and don’t give up on their dreams. I know they’re there.

The first book was called “Yábát-kyá.” It’s a traditional Yakut story. It’s based on the old man out of the blue bush who gives you a cool bath.-Sherman Alexie

I can’t even remember how many books I’ve written. There’s the Indian books, the short story collections, and the children’s books that I’ve written.

My favorite book is Reservation Blues.-Sherman Alexie

I think of myself as being a better person as a result of having my kids.

It’s encouraging to see that after all these years there are so many young people who still want to read about Indians and Indian issues, especially when it’s well-written.

I think it’s important to create your own identity and not be defined by others.

I’m still struggling to make sense of life, and sometimes I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.-Sherman Alexie

I always thought that if there was a book to end all books, it would be about Indian people.-Sherman Alexie

What really drew me in was the politics of the time.

I think people need to be honest with themselves.-Sherman Alexie

I think that once you find a sense of belonging in yourself, you’ll belong to other people.-Sherman Alexie

I think that’s the thing that’s most important, is to know who you are and who your parents are and who your relatives are.-Sherman Alexie

I think that it’s important to be a good parent to your kids because I didn’t get the kind of parenting that I needed.-Sherman Alexie

I think that my mom was brave for starting her life over again and not letting her history get in the way of her future.-Sherman Alexie

I think one of the reasons why I’ve been able to stay sober and straight is because of all the work I’ve done through writing about it.-Sherman Alexie

I think you have to make peace with who you are as a person and where you come from.-Sherman Alexie

I think it’s important to take things from the past and incorporate them into your future.-Sherman Alexie

I think people should be more honest in their storytelling.-Sherman Alexie

A lot of my stories are kind of about things that happened to me when I was a kid., and they’re pretty brutal stories, but other kids have gone through the same or worse.

Kids don’t think about the future that much.

I think that writing is a way of saying, “I was here.”

I think that when you write a book, it’s very important to remember who you are and where you come from.-Sherman Alexie

I think sometimes life gets in the way of life, and we don’t have to know exactly what we’re doing to be happy.-Sherman Alexie