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  • 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")

  • Christianity is a religion in a rush.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • I went to temple at crowded times when Brahmins were too distracted to come between me and God.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a shining point of light in my heart. I would go on loving.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")

  • Why can't reason give greater answers? Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer? Why such a vast net if there's so little fish to catch?
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")


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