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  • Progress is unstoppable. It is a drumbeat to which we must all march. Technology helps and good ideas spread - these are two lows of nature. If you don't let technology help you, if you resist good ideas, you condemn yourself to dinosaurhood! I am utterly convinced of this.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • For the first time I noticed - as I would notice repeatedly during my ordeal, between one throe of agony and the next - that my suffering was taking place in a grand setting. I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was all right.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • If there's only one nation in the sky, shouldn't all passports be valid for it?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


  • Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness--how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view of things? This peephole is all I've got!
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Religion is more than rite and ritual.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • A realization that the founding principle of existence is what we call love, which works itself out sometimes not clearly, not cleanly, not immediately, nonetheless ineluctably.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • There are many examples of animals coming to surprising living arrangements...where an animal takes a human being or another animal to be one of it's kind.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • High calls low and low calls high. I tell you, if you were in such dire straits as I was, you too would elevate your thoughts. The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Scientists are a friendly, atheistic, hard-working, beer-drinking lot whose minds are preoccupied with sex, chess and baseball when they are not preoccupied with science.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • A zoo is a cultural institution. Like a public library, like a museum, it is at the service of popular education and science. And by that token, not much of a money-making venture for the Greater Good and the Greater Profit are not compatible aims.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


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