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  • The tennis challenger starts strong but soon loses confidence in his playing. The champion racks up the games. But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring. Suddenly he's playing like the devil and the champion must work hard to get those last points.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I went to temple at crowded times when Brahmins were too distracted to come between me and God.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


  • 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")


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