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Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” Quotes (77 Quotes)


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  • 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")

  • I felt like I was beating a rainbow to death.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Japanese-owned cargo ship Tsimtsum, flying Panamanian flag, sank July 2nd, 1977, in Pacific, four days out of Manila. Am in lifeboat. Pi Patel my name. Have some food, some water, but Bengal tiger a serious problem. Please advise family in Winnepeg, Canada. Any help very much appreciated. Thank you.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Religion is more than rite and ritual.
    (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")


  • Blessed be shock. Blessed be the part of us that protects us from too much pain and sorrow. At the heart of life is a fusebox.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I have a story that will make you believe in God.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Jesus, Mary, Muhammad and Vishnu, how good to see you Richard Parker!
    (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")

  • We are all born like Catholics, aren't we-in limbo, without religion, until some figure introduces us to God?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • But once a dead God, always a dead God, even resurrected. The Son must have the taste of death forever in his mouth. The Trinity must be tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father. The horror must be real. Why would God wish that upon Himself? Why not leave death to mortals? Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? -- Love. That was his answer.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I love Canada...It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


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