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  • #1
    Yann Martel
    “You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #2
    Yann Martel
    “All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #3
    Yann Martel
    “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity; it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #4
    Yann Martel
    “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #5
    Yann Martel
    “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #6
    Yann Martel
    “I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #7
    Yann Martel
    “When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #8
    Yann Martel
    “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.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #9
    Yann Martel
    “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


  • #10
    Yann Martel
    “If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #11
    Yann Martel
    “The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
    Doesn't that make life a story?”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #12
    Yann Martel
    “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.

    I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. That pain is like an axe that chops at my heart.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #13
    Yann Martel
    “I have nothing to say of my working life, only that a tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will hang a man nonetheless if he's not careful.”
    Yann Martel


  • #14
    Yann Martel
    “What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell. I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape. For example - I wonder - could you tell my jumbled story in exactly one hundred chapters, not one more, not one less? I'll tell you, that's one thing I have about my nickname, the way the number runs on forever. It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse. That bungled goodbye hurts me to this day. I wish so much that I'd had one last look at him in the lifeboat, that I'd provoked him a little, so that I was on his mind. I wish I had said to him then - yes, I know, to a tiger, but still - I wish I had said, "Richard Parker, it's over. We have survived. Can you believe it? I owe you more gratitude than I can express I couldn't have done it without you. I would like to say it formally: Richard Parker, thank you. Thank you for saving my life. And now go where you must. You have known the confined freedom of a zoo most of your life; now you will know the free confinement of a jungle. I wish you all the best with it. Watch out for Man. He is not your friend. But I hope you will remember me as a friend. I will never forget you , that is certain. You will always be with me, in my heart. What is that hiss? Ah, our boat has touched sand. So farewell, Richard Parker, farewell. God be with you.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #15
    Yann Martel
    “The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.”
    Yann Martel


  • #16
    Yann Martel
    “Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #17
    Yann Martel
    “It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #18
    Yann Martel
    “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


  • #19
    Yann Martel
    “I love Canada...It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #20
    Yann Martel
    “Why do people move? What makes them uproot and leave everything they've known for a great unknown beyond the horizon? Why climb this Mount Everest of formalities that makes you feel like a beggar? Why enter this jungle of foreignness where everything is new, strange and difficult? The answer is the same the world over: people move in hope of a better life.”
    Yann Martel
    tags: move


  • #21
    Yann Martel
    “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


  • #22
    Yann Martel
    “Things didn't turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
    Yann Martel


  • #23
    Yann Martel
    “It's a misery peculiar to would-be writers. Your theme is good, as are your sentences. Your characters are so ruddy with life they practically need birth certificates. The plot you've mapped out for them is grand, simple and gripping. You've done your research, gathering the facts; historical, social, climatic culinary, that will give your story its feel of authenticity. The dialogue zips along, crackling with tension. The descriptions burst with color, contrast and telling detail.
    Really, your story can only be great. But it all adds up to nothing.
    In spite the obvious, shining promise of it, there comes a moment when you realize that the whisper that has been pestering you all along from the back of your mind is speaking the flat, awful truth: IT WON'T WORK.
    An element is missing, that spark that brings to life in a real story, regardless of whether the history or the food is right.
    Your story is emotionally dead, that's the crux of it.
    The discovery is something soul-destroying, I tell you. It leaves you with an aching hunger.”
    Yann Martel


  • #24
    Yann Martel
    “I had to stop hoping so much that a ship would rescue me. I should not count on outside help. Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and to do too little. Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one’s life away.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #25
    Yann Martel
    “Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #26
    Yann Martel
    “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


  • #27
    Yann Martel
    “Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #28
    Yann Martel
    “Some of us give up[…] with only a resigned sigh. Others fight a little, then lose hope. Still others—and I am one of those—never give up. We fight and fight and fight. We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take, the improbability of success.”
    Yann Martel




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