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  • 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")

  • 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")


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