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.
("Life of Pi")
More Quotes from Yann Martel: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.
It is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing.
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.
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.
It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.
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.
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Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.
James Lee Burke