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


    First wonder goes deepest; wonder after that fits in the impression made by the first.

    If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe?

    My ears were full. Nothing more, not one more sound, could push into them and be registered.

    The main battlefield of good is not the open ground of the publis arena, but the small clearing of each heart.

    You can get used to anything - haven't I already said that? Isn't that what all survivors say?



    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.


    The moon was a sharply defined crescent and the sky was perfectly clear. The stars shone with such fierce, contained brilliance that it seemed absurd to call the night dark.

    You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.

    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.


    My greatest wish -- other than salvation -- was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One I could read again and again, with new eyes and a fresh understanding each time.

    The paths to liberation are numerous, but the bank along the way is always the same, the Bank of Karma, where the liberation account of each of us is credited or debited depending on our actions.


    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.

    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.

    My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.


    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?



    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.

    I blinked deliberately, expecting my eyelids to act like lumberjacks. But the trees would not fall.

    It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.

    Nature can put on a thrilling show. The stage is vast, the lighting is dramatic, the extras are innumerable, and the budget for special effects is absolutely unlimited.

    The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.

    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.

    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.



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