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  • #1
    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

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    Yann Martel
    “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud...”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    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

  • #6
    Yann Martel
    “When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi

  • #7
    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

  • #8
    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

  • #9
    Yann Martel
    “You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi

  • #10
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #11
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #12
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

  • #14
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #15
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #16
    “You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money,
    Love like you’ll never get hurt.
    You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watchin’.”
    Richard Leigh, Come from the Heart Sheet Music

  • #17
    Joseph Heller
    “...[A]nything worth dying for ... is certainly worth living for.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #18
    Joseph Heller
    “I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.”
    Joseph Heller

  • #19
    Joseph Heller
    “Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck.”
    Joseph Heller, God Knows



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