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Louise Erdrich
By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

What men call adventures usually consist of the stoical endurance of appalling daily misery.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Louise Erdrich

The pattern glitters with cruelty. The blue beads are colored with fish blood, the reds with powdered heart. The beads collect in borders of mercy. The yellows are dyed with the ocher of silence. There is no telling which twin will fall asleep first, allowing the other's colors to dominate, for how long. The design grows, the overlay deepens. The beaders have no other order at the heart of their being. Do you know that the beads are sewn onto the fabric of the earth with endless strands of human muscle, human sinew, human hair? We are as crucial to this making as other animals. No more and no less important than the deer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

As soon as there's a crisis, there are people who take charge and want to control others. Climate-change catastrophe and human migration and immigration are great for corporate and governmental control over people, and we have to contend with that. I should say, I see corporate control behind everything that the government is working on right now.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

[On her and husband Michael Dorris:] We both have title collections. I think a title is like a magnet. It begins to draw these scraps of experience or conversation or memory to it. Eventually, it collects a book.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Society is like this card game here, cousin. We got dealt our hand before we were even born, and as we grow we have to play as best as we can.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I shared with Fleur the mysterious self-contempt of the survivor. There were times we hated who we were, and who we had to become, in order not to follow those we loved into the next world. We grew hard. We became impenetrable, sparing of our pity. Sorrows that leveled other people were small to us. We made no move to avoid pain. Sometimes we even welcomed it--we were clumsy with knives, fire, boiling water, steel traps. Pain took our minds off the greater pain that was the mistake that we still existed.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Only when you are secure enough not to fear immediate survival can you display creative intelligence in anything you do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

In our own beginnings, we are formed out of the body's interior landscape. For a short while, our mothers' bodies are the boundaries and personal geography which are all that we know of the world...Once we no longer live beneath our mother's heart, it is the earth with which we form the same dependent relationship, relying...on its cycles and elements, helpless without its protective embrace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Nector [speaking to Bernadette] could have told her, having drunk down the words of Nanapush, that comfort is not security and money in the hand disappears. He could have told her that only the land matters and never to let go of the papers, the titles, the tracks of the words, all those things that his ancestors never understood how the vital relationship to the dirt and grass under their feet.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Where was I?""A different island," said old Tallow. Her voice was stern, but there was an ache in her look that Omakayas had never before seen. "An island called Spirit Island where everyone but you died of the itching sickness- you were the toughest one, the littlest one, and you survived them all.""You were sent here so you could save the others," she said. "Because you'd had the sickness, you were strong enough to nurse them through it. They did a good thing when they took you in, and you saved them for their good act. Now the circle that began when I found you is complete.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Here is the most telling fact: you wish to possess me.
 Here is another fact: I loved you and let you think you could.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I did not choose solitude. Who would? It came on me like a kind of vocation, demanding an effort that married women can't picture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Add there was that moment when my mother and father walked in the door disguised as old people. I thought the miles in the car had bent them, dulled their eyes, even grayed and whitened their hair and caused their hands and voices to tremble. At the same time, I found, as I rose form the chair, I'd gotten old along with them.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Minute by minute, a day passed.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Louise Erdrich

She was a horse lover and she and Whitey kept a mean old paint, a fancy quarter horse/Arabian mix, a roan Appaloosa with one ghost eye named Spook, and a pony. So along with the whiskey and perfume and smoke, she often exuded faint undertones of hay, dust, and the fragrance of horse, which once you smell it you always miss it. Humans were meant to live with the horse.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I thought how we might have to yell to be heard by Higher Power, but that's not saying it's not there. And that is faith for you. It's belief even when the gods don't deliver.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I was the sort of kid who spent a Sunday afternoon prying little trees out of the foundation of his parents' house. I should have given in to the inevitable truth that this was the sort of person I would become, in the end, but I kept fighting it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

He despised his body for its boring hungers, reflex anger; its petty, obliterating rage. But now he'd become detached. He regarded his body with a tender regret. It was the thing his spirit had to haul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

How come we've got these bodies? They are frail supports for what we feel. There are times I get so hemmed in by my arms and legs I look forward to getting past them. As though death will set me free like a traveling cloud... I'll be out there as a piece of the endless body of the world feeling pleasures so much larger than skin and bones and blood.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Sometimes a person's monstrosity seems superhuman.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Delphine witnessed awful things occurring to other humans. Worse than that, she was powerless to alter their fate. It would be that way all her life--disasters, falling like chairs all around her, falling so close they disarranged her hair, but not touching her.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Being a girl didn't really affect me until I entered junior high and had to wear skirts, curl my hair, and even get used to panty hose. However, my hatred of panty hose helped make me a writer who only wears comfortable clothes. I've successfully avoided panty hose for most of my life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I tried out the unfamiliar syllables. They fit. They cracked in my ears like a fist through ice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

We have a huge struggle for our sense of what a democracy is. We're not living in reality when we think we have some sort of democracy. We're really on the edge. We have two presidents who lost the popular vote but won the election. This is not working.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Louise Erdrich

The Pluto boys were already The Planets so the Pluto girls were The Lady Planets. Their colors were purple and white, their mascot was a round planet with legs, arms, a perky face. The Reservation team was The Warriors but the girls weren't The Lady Warriors, they were just The Warriors also. Their colors were blue and gold. They didn't want to have themselves as a mascot so they had an old time shield with two eagle feathers.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

To be of mixed blood is a great gift for a writer. I have one foot on tribal lands and one foot in middle-class life.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Then his head tipped down on his chest and he fell into the instant sleep of the ancient and the very young.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I had a very free childhood and ranged around on my bicycle the way boys do. I had few restrictions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

When every inch of the world is known, sleep may be the only wilderness that we have left.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

To love another another human in all of her splendor and imperfect perfection , it is a magnificent task...tremendous and foolish and human.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Louise Erdrich

What are you?' he [Nanapush] said to Damien, who was deep in a meditation over his [chess] bishop's trajectory. 'A priest' said Father Damien 'A man priest or a woman priest?'... ...'I am a priest', she whispered, hoarsely, fierce. 'Why' said Nanapush kindly, as though Father Damien hadn't answered, to put the question to rest, 'are you pretending to be a man priest?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Old love, middle love, the kind of love that knows itself and knows that nothing lasts, is a desperate shared wildness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

...which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider's, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Delphine began to read with a mad attention when she wanted to talk to Clarisse. She saw that in her life there was a woman-shaped hole, a cutout that led to a mysterious place. Through it, her mother, then Eva, and now Clarisse had walked. If only she could plunge her arms through and drag them back.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Louise Erdrich

My father could out-weather anybody. Like people anywhere, there were times when it was the only topic where people here felt comfortably expressive, and my father could go on earnestly, seemingly forever. When the current weather was exhausted, there was all the weather that had occurred in recorded history, weather lived through or witnessed by a relative, or even heard about on the news. Catastrophic weather of all types. And when that was done, there was all the weather that might possibly occur in the future. I'd even heard him speculate about weather in the afterlife.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

We are never so poor that we cannot bless another human being, are we? So it is that every evil, whether moral or material, results in good. You'll see.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I want to see the story. More than anything, I am frustrated by the fact that I’ll never know how things turn out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

The only answer to this, and it isn't an entire answer, said Father Travis, is that God made human beings free agents. We are able to choose good over evil, but the opposite too. And in order to protect our human freedom, God doesn't often, very often at least, intervene. God can't do that without taking away our moral freedom. Do you see? No. But yeah. The only thing that God can do, and does all of the time, is to draw good from any evil situation.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Louise Erdrich

White people covered the earth like lice.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Information, long of reach, devastating, and as a side benefit, a substance with no serious legal repercussions, was superior to any other form of power.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I make very involved drawings, even little structures, and try using design to figure out the rhythm of a plot. If there are several narrators then a clue has to pop up in the first line. There have to be certain grammatical clues, or distinctive names.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Now I'm sixty-one... sixty-two, pretty soon. It's a really interesting age. Now we have women of your age, and coming up, and all these fantastic writers, who have managed to have their children but continue with their art, their work. I think women are doing the most interesting writing right now, the most interesting art. I see everything through this lens, of women finally taking their place in the world. Their true place. And it's very, very exciting to me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Louise Erdrich

For me, this is old. I probably know what is happening better than he does because I've tried over and over to wreck myself on another human, and always failed. I fail now. For it seems that my sorrow is deep in my bones and I'd have to break every single one to let it out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

She had always been a reader… but now she was obsessed. Since her discovery of the book hoard downstairs from her job, she’d been caught up in one such collection of people and their doings after the next…The pleasure of this sort of life – bookish, she supposed it might be called, a reading life – had made her isolation into a rich and even subversive thing. She inhabited one consoling or horrifying persona after another…That she was childless and husbandless and poor meant less once she picked up a book. Her mistakes disappeared into it. She lived with an invented force.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I prefer to have some beliefs that don't make logical sense.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Erdrich

I can't imagine a home without an overflow of books. The point of books is to have way too many but to always feel you never have enough, or the right one at the right moment, but then sometimes to find you'd longed to fall asleep reading the Aspern Papers, and there it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Erdrich

It was just enough to sit there without words.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Erdrich

Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don't know how strong until we are pushing out our babies. We are too often treated like babies having babies when we should be in training, like acolytes, novices to high priestesshood, like serious applicants for the space program.