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63 Louise Erdrich Quotes from the Popular American Author

Louise Erdrich is a writer who writes about Native Americans.

She is from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, so she knows a lot about their culture and how to write about it.

Her books are very popular and have won many awards.

She is the author of 28 books, encompassing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s books.

Her novel The Plague of Doves, which won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2009, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Louise Erdrich’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Louise Erdrich Quotes

Right and wrong were shades of meaning, not sides of a coin. ~ Louise Erdrich.

History works itself out in the living. ~ Louise Erdrich.

The length of sky is just about the size of my ignorance. Pure and wide. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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It was just enough to sit there without words. ~ Louise Erdrich.

He had a thousand-year-old stare. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Sorrow eats time. Be patient. Time eats sorrow. ~ Louise Erdrich.

By writing I can live in ways that I could not survive. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Be lovely and do no harm. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Life is made up of three kinds of people—those who live it, those afraid to, those in between. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Each life is one short word slowly uttered. ~ Louise Erdrich.

The only time I see the truth is when I cross my eyes. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Famous Louise Erdrich Quotes

People forget the good, because the bad has more punch. ~ Louise Erdrich.

In order to purify yourself, you have to understand yourself, Father Trais went on. Everything out in the world is also in you. Good, bad, evil, perfection, death, everything. So we study our souls. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Time was rushing around me like water around a big wet rock. The only difference is, I was not so durable as stones. Very quickly I would be smoothed away. ~ Louise Erdrich.

We are so brief. A one-day dandelion. A seedpod skittering across the ice. We are a feather falling from the wing of a bird. I don’t know why it is given to us to be so mortal and to feel so much. It is a cruel trick, and glorious. ~ Louise Erdrich.

I don’t pray. When I was young, I vowed I never would be caught begging God. If I want something I get it for myself. I go to church only to show the old hens they don’t get me down. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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Veils of love which was only hate petrified by longing – that was me. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Here I am, where I ought to be. A writer must have a place where he or she feels this, the place to love and be irritated with. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Of course, English is a very powerful language, a colonizer’s language and a gift to a writer. English has destroyed and sucked up the languages of other cultures – its cruelty is its vitality. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Top Louise Erdrich Quotes

We passed over in a sweep of sorrow that would persist into our small forever. We just keep going. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Your life feels different on you, once you greet death and understand your heart’s position. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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If life’s a joke, then suicide’s a bad punch line. ~ Louise Erdrich.

An enemy has to be defeated in battle, but an adversary’s different. You must outwit an adversary. ~ Louise Erdrich.

All of our actions have in their doing the seed of their undoing. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Popular Louise Erdrich Quotes

I feel myself becoming less a person than a place, inhabited, a foreign land. ~ Louise Erdrich.

When we are young, the words are scattered all around us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape. ~ Louise Erdrich.

When women age into their power, no wind can upset them, no hand turn aside their knowledge, no fact can deflect their point of view. ~ Louise Erdrich.

I was in love with the whole world and all that lived in its rainy arms. ~ 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. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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Things which do not grow and change are dead things. ~ Louise Erdrich.

I think she is confused by the way I want her, which is like nobody else. I know this deep down. I want her in a new way, a way she’s never been told about. ~ 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. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Powerful Louise Erdrich Quotes

Our tribe unraveled like a coarse rope, frayed at either end as the old and new among us were taken. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Every so often something shatters like ice and we are in the river of our existence. We are aware. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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

Her clothes were filled with safety pins and hidden tears. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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Power travels in the bloodlines, handed out before birth. ~ Louise Erdrich.

So what is wild? What is wilderness? What are dreams but an internal wilderness and what is desire but a wildness of the soul? ~ Louise Erdrich.

Our songs travel the earth. We sing to one another. Not a single note is ever lost and no song is original. They all come from the same place and go back to a time when only the stones howled. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Profound Louise Erdrich Quotes

I prefer to have some beliefs that don’t make logical sense. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. ~ Louise Erdrich.

All through my life I never did believe in human measurement. Numbers, time, inches, feet. All are just ploys for cutting nature down to size. I know the grand scheme of the world is beyond our brains to fathom, so I don’t try, just let it in. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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Death is the least civilized rite of passage. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Thought-Provoking Louise Erdrich Quotes

Women don’t realize how much store men set on the regularity of their habits. We absorb their comings and goings into our bodies, their rhythms into our bones. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Time is the water in which we live, and we breathe it like fish. … Time pours into us and then pours out again. In between the two pourings we live our destiny. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Columbus only discovered that he was in some new place. He didn’t discover America. ~ Louise Erdrich.

We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall. ~ Louise Erdrich.

I stood there in the shadowed doorway thinking with my tears. Yes, tears can be thoughts, why not? ~ Louise Erdrich.

The greatest wisdom doesn’t know itself. The richest plan is not to have one. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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Hunger steals the memory. ~ Louise Erdrich.

There will never come a time when I will be able to resist my emotions. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Wise Louise Erdrich Quotes

There are ways of being abandoned even when your parents are right there. ~ Louise Erdrich.

We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try. ~ Louise Erdrich.

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

To sew is to pray. Men don’t understand this. They see the whole but they don’t see the stitches. They don’t see the speech of the creator in the work of the needle. ~ Louise Erdrich.

There were no colors. Everything was neutral. From this I know that hell is not black or fiery. It is an unvaried gray without promise. ~ Louise Erdrich.

Some people meet the way the sky meets the earth, inevitably, and there is no stopping or holding back their love. It exists in a finished world, beyond the reach of common sense. ~ Louise Erdrich.


So these were the 63 top quotes about Louise Erdrich.

Tell me in the comments section, which “Louise Erdrich” quotes were your favorite?

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Chandan Negi

I’m Chandan Negi, the Founder of Internet Pillar. I love sharing quotes and sayings to inspire and motivate people.
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