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  • I ask you, is it the fig tree's fault that it's not the season for figs? What kind of thing is that to do to an innocent tree, wither it instantly?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Socially inferior animals are the ones that make the most strenuous, resourceful efforts to get to know their keepers. They prove to be the ones most faithful to them…it is a fact commonly known in the trade.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


  • To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures who people the tree of your life and give it new branches. To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you. It is like losing--I'm sorry, I would rather not go on.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I blinked deliberately, expecting my eyelids to act like lumberjacks. But the trees would not fall.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • My alarm clock during my childhood was a pride of lions.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Strach to jedyny prawdziwy przeciwnik z.ycia.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • At moments of wonder, it is easy to avoid small thinking, to entertain thoughts that span the universe, that capture both thunder and tinkle, thick and thin, the near and the far.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • To prosper, a zoo needs parliamentary government, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, rule of law and everything else enshrined in India's Constitution. Impossible to enjoy the animals otherwise. Long-term, bad politics is bad for business.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I cannot think of a better way to spread the faith. No thundering from a pulpit, no condemnation from bad churches, no peer pressure, just a book of scripture quietly waiting to say hello, as gentle and powerful as a little girl's kiss on your cheek.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • My ears were full. Nothing more, not one more sound, could push into them and be registered.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


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