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  • For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out.
    (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")

  • My gratitude to him is as boundless as the Pacific ocean.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
    (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")

  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • 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.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • The presence of God is the finest of rewards.
    (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")


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