Quotes from Flight

Sherman Alexie ·  181 pages

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“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“I learned how to stop crying.
I learned how to hide inside of myself.
I learned how to be somebody else.
I learned how to be cold and numb.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“Yes, I am Irish and Indian, which would be the coolest blend in the world if my parents were around to teach me how to be Irish and Indian. But they're not here and haven't been for years, so I'm not really Irish or Indian. I am a blank sky, a human solar eclipse.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“Is revenge a circle inside of a circle inside of a circle?”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“I hate my country. There are so many rich people who don't share their shit. They're like spoiled little ten-year-old bullies on the playground. They hog the monkey bars and the slide and the seesaw. And if you complain even a little bit, if you try to get just one spin on the merry-go-round, the bullies beat the shit out of you.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight



“They put me in a holding cell with a black kid and a white kid and a Chinese kid. We're the United Nations of juvenile delinquents.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“Funny how a little politeness can change people's minds.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“Then I remember that God is really, really old. So maybe God has God arthritis. And maybe that's why the world sucks. Maybe God's hands and fingers don't work as well as they used to.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“But I'm also addicted to books. And I know there has never been a human being or a television show, no matter how great, that could measure up to a great book.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“Is there really a difference between that killing and this killing? Does God approve of some killing and not other killing? If I kill these soldiers so that Small Saint and Bow Boy can escape, does that make me a hero?”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight



“I bet you a million dollars there are less than five books in this whole house. What kind of life can you have in a house without books?”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“How can you tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys when they say the same things?”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“But now I want it to pour. I want it to storm. I want to be clean.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“I am surrounded by people who trust me to be a respectful stranger”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“I measure men by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and I find all of them are assholes.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight



“If you can catch crazy, I'm a walking epidemic.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“They're not starving to death, but they look hollow-eyed and barren, like they've been fed just enough food but never enough happiness.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“My heart is beating a punk rock song against my chest.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“I am surrounded by people who trust me to be a respectful stranger. Am I trustworthy? Are any of us trustworthy? I hope so.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“People smell different, too. Sometimes you meet people and you think they're nice and decent, and it seems like you might be friends. But you get closer to them and they stink. They smell like rotten fish or dead racoons or something. And you just have to run away.
Later, you mention the bad smell to your other friends and they say they didn't smell anything different. That stink is reserved especially for you.
But, hey, it works the other way, too. Sometimes you meet a person, and you catch the scent and it's like you've smelled a garden in Heaven, because all you want to do is follow that person around and breathe in for the rest of your life.
And later you mention this great scent to your other friends, and they say they didn't smell anything different.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight



“I'm dying from about ninety-nine kinds of shame”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“And anger is never added to anger. It multiplies.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“My memory is strange that way. I often remember people I've never met and events and places I've never seen.

I don't think I'm some mystical bastard. I just think I pay attention to the details.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


“I know there has never been a human being or a television show, no matter how great, that could measure up to a great book.”
― Sherman Alexie, quote from Flight


About the author

Sherman Alexie
Born place: in Spokane, Washington, The United States
Born date October 7, 1966
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