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

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

  • I've never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. The pain is like an axe that chops my heart.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Progress is unstoppable. It is a drumbeat to which we must all march. Technology helps and good ideas spread - these are two lows of nature. If you don't let technology help you, if you resist good ideas, you condemn yourself to dinosaurhood! I am utterly convinced of this.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures who people the tree of your life and give it new branches. To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you. It is like losing--I'm sorry, I would rather not go on.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


  • 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")


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