Louise Erdrich Quotes

Most popular Louise Erdrich Quotes

What is desire but a wildness of the soul?


What are dreams but an internal wilderness?

dreams (during sleep)

If life's a joke, then suicide's a bad punch line.


I want to lean into her the way wheat leans into wind.

personal mothers and daughters

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


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.

heart understanding others

I was sitting before my third or fourth Jellybean—which is anisette, grain alcohol, a lit match, and a small, wet explosion in the brain.
When every inch of the world is known, sleep may be the only wilderness that we have left.  In sleep's preserve, the body repairs itself, talks to itself, leads a separate life we cannot know.


They clung to their rock-bottom opinions. They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.


You are here to risk your heart.  You are here to be swallowed up.  And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.  Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.