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


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  • 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")


  • Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I preferred to set off and perish in search of my own kind than to live a lonely half-life of physical comfort and spiritual death on this murderous island.
    (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")

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

  • When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Catholics have a reputation for severity, for judgment that comes down heavily.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I turned around, stepped over the Zebra and threw myself overboard.
    (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")

  • That's what fiction is about, isn't it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


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