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


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

  • It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

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


  • 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 was as unbelievable as the moon catching fire.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Oncoming death is terrible enough, but worse still is oncoming death with time to spare, time in which all the happiness that was yours and all the happiness that might have been yours becomes clear to you. You see with utter lucidity all that you are losing.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • It was frightening, the extent to which a full belly made for a good mood.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Or rather, since Christians are so fond of capital letters, a Story.
    (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")

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


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