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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Identity Quotes

I was born with water on the brain.Okay, so that's not exactly true. I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull. But cerebral spinal fluid is just the doctors' fancy wa...

Home Quotes

"For Wellpinit and Reardan, my hometowns" (dedication)

Race Quotes

It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you're poor because you're stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that you're stupid a...

Poverty Quotes

Okay, so now you know that I'm a cartoonist. And I think I'm pretty good at it, too. But no matter how good I am, my cartoons will never take the place of food or money. I wish I could draw a peanu...

Literature and Writing Quotes

I draw all the time.I draw cartoons of my mother and father; my sister and grandmother; my best friend, Rowdy; and everybody else on the rez.I draw because words are two unpredictable.I draw becaus...

Mortality Quotes

I ran away from there as fast as I could. I wanted to run faster than the speed of sound, but nobody, no matter how much pain they're in, can run that fast. So I heard the boom of my father's rifle...

Friendship Quotes

I ran away from there as fast as I could. I wanted to run faster than the speed of sound, but nobody, no matter how much pain they're in, can run that fast. So I heard the boom of my father's rifle...

Hopes, Dreams, and Plans Quotes

Seriously, I know my mother and father had their dreams when they were kids. They dreamed about being something other than poor, but they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid att...

Education Quotes

Poverty doesn't give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor. (2.54)

Tradition and Custom Quotes

The Spokane Tribe holds their annual powwow celebration over the Labor Day weekend. This was the 127th annual one, and there would be singing, war dancing, gambling, storytelling, laughter, fry bre...
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