Yann Martel Quotes

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1. “When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

2. “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?”

Tags : Belief
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

3. “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.”

Tags : Fear Philosophy
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

4. “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. ”

Tags : Goodbye Heart Love Pain
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

5. “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.”

Tags : Adaptability Madness Survival
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

6. “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.”

Tags : Art Citizenship Politics
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

7. “The reason death sticks do 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. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only an thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

8. “As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

9. “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?”

Tags : Stories Thinking World
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

10. “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.”

Tags : Death Family Philosophy
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

11. “Was it the forgetfulness of old age or personal incapacity that made the man able to say please but not thank you?”

Tags : Inability To Say Thankyou Old Age Rudeness Study In Character
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

12. “If there's only one nation in the sky, shouldn't all passports be valid for it?”

Tags : Hope Humanity Inspiration Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

13. “Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat wearing Muslims.”

Tags : Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

14. “I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.”

Tags : Islam Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

15. “Agama bukan sekadar ritual dan tata cara. Ada makna di balik ritual dan tata cara itu.”

Tags : Agama Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

16. “I wept heartily over this poor little deceased soul. It was the first sentient being I had ever killed. I was now a killer. I was now as guilty as Cain. I was sixteen years old, a harmless boy, bookish and religious, and now I had blood on my hands. It's a terrible burden to carry. All sentient life is sacred.”

Tags : Life Truths
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

17. “These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.”

Tags : Inspirational Religious
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

18. “It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

19. “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

Tags : Life
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

20. “Kalau kita, para warga negara, tidak memberikan dukungan kepada seniman-seniman kita, berarti kita telah mengorbankan imajinasi kita di altas realitas yang kejam, dan pada akhirnya kita jadi tidak percaya pada apapun, dan mimpi-mimpi kita tidak lagi berarti.”

Tags : Dukungan Imajinasi Mimpi Percaya Seniman Warga Negara
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

21. “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.”

Tags : Thoughts On Life Vast Universe Wonder
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

22. “Just as music is noise that makes sense, a painting is colour that makes sense, so a story is life that makes sense.”

Tags : Analogy Art Books
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

23. “...if you fall into a lion's pit, the reason the lion will tear you to pieces is not because it's hungry-be assured, zoo animals are amply fed-or because it's bloodthirsty, but because you've invaded it's territory.”

Tags : Beasts Lions Nature Wild Animals
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

24. “Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

25. “I blinked deliberately, expecting my eyelids to act like lumberjacks. But the trees would not fall.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

26. “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.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

27. “All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.”

Tags : Madness Strange
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

28. “So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?' Mr. Okamoto: 'That's an interesting question?' Mr. Chiba: 'The story with animals.' Mr. Okamoto: 'Yes. The story with animals is the better story.' Pi Patel: 'Thank you. And so it goes with God.”

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Author : Yann Martel

29. “It's not atheists who get stuck in my caw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for awhile. We all must pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we... But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as means of transportation.”

Tags : Agnostics Atheists Doubt
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

30. “Atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them -- and then they leap.”

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Author : Yann Martel

31. “Religion is more than rite and ritual.”

Tags : Religion Rite Ritual
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

32. “It seems to be a law of human nature that those who live by the sea are suspiciousof swimmers, just as those who live in the mountains are suspicious of mountainclimbers.”

Tags : Human Nature Humans People
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

33. “Don't you bully me with your politeness! 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?”

Tags : Belief Life Love
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

34. “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can get.”

Tags : Beautiful Can Get Death Grab Jealous Life Life Lessons Possessive Tiger Zoo
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

35. “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.”

Tags : Move
Author : Yann Martel

36. “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.”

Tags : Survival
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

37. “I wept like a child. It was not because I was overcome at having survived my ordeal, though I was. Nor was it the presence of my brothers and sisters, though that too was very moving. I was weeping because ....fill in the blank with whatever/whoever helped you survive... had left me so unceremoniously.”

Tags : Survival
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

38. “Mockery be damned, my urine looked delicious.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

39. “Come aboard if your destination is oblivion - it should be our next stop.”

Tags : Survival
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

40. “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.”

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Author : Yann Martel

41. “But immobilizing darts don't bring on sleep gently, like a good cup of tea; they knock out like a bottle of hard liquor straight up.”

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Author : Yann Martel

42. “In my youth, it was my good luck to have a few good teachers, men and women, who came into my head and lit a match.”

Tags : Knowledge Teaching
Author : Yann Martel

43. “You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.”

Tags : Hope
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

44. “I'm more preoccupied with furnishing my head than the place where I live. The most beautiful rooms I have entered have been empty ones.”

Tags : Furniture Interior Design Knowledge
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

45. “The men nodded vigorously at me. When they took hold of me and lifted me in their strong arms, I thought nothing of it. I thought they were helping me. I was so full of trust in them that I felt grateful as they carried me in the air. Only when they threw me overboard did I begin to have doubts.”

Tags : Sailing Shipwrecks
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

46. “When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”

Tags : Empathy Survival Instinct
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

47. “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. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy. Doubt meets disbelief and disbelief tries to push it out. But disbelief is a poorly armed foot soldier. Doubt does away with it with little trouble. You become anxious. Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons technology. But, to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread.”

Tags : Doubt Fear
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

48. “Under the pathologist's microscope, life and death fight in an illuminated circle in a sort of cellular bullfight. The pathologist's job is to find the bull among the matador cells”

Tags : Analogy Death Life Metaphor Microscope Pathologist Pathology
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

49. “I don't mean to defend zoos. Close them all down if you want (and let us hope that what wildlife remains can survive in what is left of the natural world). I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusion about freedom plague them both.”

Tags : Freedom Illusion Religion Zoo
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

50. “My feelings can perhaps be imagined, but they can hardly be described.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

51. “All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in a strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.”

Tags : Inexplicable Ways Living Things Madness
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

52. “Roetown, of mixed economy, neither boom nor bust, just ordinary times — that is, hard — had a slightly run-down aspect, I suppose. But in a pleasing way, like a man you love who has buttoned his coat up wrong.”

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Author : Yann Martel

53. “Time and sunshine healed a sore, but the process was slow, and new boils appeared if I didn't stay dry.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

54. “It was a huge zoo, spread over numberless acres, big enough to require a train to explore it, though it seemed to get smaler as I grew older, train included. Now it's so small it fits in my head.”

Tags : Life Of Pi Zoos
Author : Yann Martel

55. “My developing sense was that the foundation of a story is an emotional foundation. If a story does not work emotionally, it does not work at all.”

Tags : Emotion Memorable Story
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

56. “Motivul pentru care moartea se ţine atât de aproape de viaţă nu e necesitatea biologică - e invidia. Viaţa este atât de frumoasă, încât moartea s-a îndrăgostit de ea, o dragoste geloasă, posesivă, care apucă tot ce poate.”

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Author : Yann Martel

57. “Afterwards, when it's all over, you meet God. What do you say to God?”

Tags : Death God Human Suffering
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

58. “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.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

59. “All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. - "The Life of Pi”

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Author : Yann Martel

60. “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 to people the tree of your life and give it new branches.”

Tags : Life Pi
Author : Yann Martel

61. “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 hate about my nickname, the way that number runs on forever. It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

62. “Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression.”

Tags : Blackness Despair Expression Hell
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

63. “I must go the washroom. I've shaken a lot of hands.”

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Author : Yann Martel

64. “..the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.”

Tags : Animals Mankind Philosophy Truth
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

65. “Grief is a disease. We were riddled with its pockmarks, tormented by its fevers, broken by its blows. It ate at us like maggots, attacked us like lice- we scratched ourselves to the edge of madness. In the process we became as withered as crickets, as tired as old dogs.”

Tags : Grief Grief And Loss
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

66. “A very long sentence, anchored in solid nouns, with countless subordinate clauses, scores of adjectives and adverbs, and bold conjunctions that launched the sentence in a new direction--besides unexpected interludes--has finally, with a surprisingly quiet full stop, come to an end.”

Tags : Rhetoric
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

67. “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

68. “I knelt a mortal; I rose an immortal.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

69. “The indifference of the many, combined with the active hatred of the few, has sealed the fate of animals.”

Tags : Animals Animals Rights Suffering Life
Author : Yann Martel

70. “A plain is what a mountain aims to be: the closest you can come to being in outer space while yet having your feet on this planet.”

Tags : Closeness Grounded Oneness
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Self

71. “Nil magnum nisi bonum. Tak ada kemuliaan tanpa kebajikan.”

Tags : Kebaikan Kebajikan Kemuliaan Mulia
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

72. “Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror. ”

Tags : Book Life People Truth
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

73. “The holy word is story, and story is the holy word.”

Tags : Bible Scripture Story
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

74. “These people walk by a widow deformed by leprosy...walk by children dressed in rags living in the street, and they think, 'Business as usual.' But if they perceive a slight against God, it is a different story. Their faces go red, their chests heave mightily, they sputter angry words. The degree of their indignation is astonishing. Their resolve is frightening.”

Tags : Fanatacism God Hypocrisy Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

75. “What a terrible disease that must be if it could kill God in a man.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

76. “They never look very big on the table, the bodies. It's built to accommodate the largest frames, there's that. And they're naked. But it's something else. That parcel of the being called the soul-weighing twenty-one grams, according to the experiments of the American doctor Duncan MacDougall-takes up a surprising amount of space, like aloud voice. In its absence, the body seems to shrink”

Tags : Autopsy Body Dead Bodies Death Post Mortem Soul
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

77. “So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?”

Tags : Faith Inner Peace Search For Truth
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

78. “...I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape. [...] It is important in life to conclude things properly. Only then you can let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse..." ~Life of Pi, chapter 94”

Tags : Form Harmony Life Regret Remorse
Author : Yann Martel

79. “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy.”

Tags : Death Envy Life
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

80. “Only death consistently excites your emotions, whether contemplating when life is safe and stale, or fleeing it when life is threatened and precious”

Tags : Death Emotions
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

81. “If literature does one thing, it makes you more empathetic by making you live other lives and feel the pain of others. Ideologues don't feel the pain of others because they haven't imaginatively got under their skins.”

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Author : Yann Martel

82. “Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love - but sometimes it was so hard to love.”

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Author : Yann Martel

83. “For fear, real fear, such as shakes you to your foundation, such as you feel when you are brought face to face with your mortal end, nestles in your memory like a gangrene: it seeks to rot everything, even the words with which to speak of it. 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.”

Tags : Darkness Fear Strength And Courage
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

84. “Trees were not hard, irritable things, but discreetly orgasmic beings moaning at a level too deep for our brutish ears. And flowers were quick explosive orgasms, like making love in the shower.”

Tags : Flowers Nature Orgasm Sexual Trees
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Self

85. “You see, the penis, it's so graceless, wouldn't you agree? When it's cold and shrivelled up, it looks like W.H. Auden in his old age; when it's hot, it flops and dangles about in a ridiculous way; when it's excited, it looks so pained and earnest you'd think it was going to burst into tears. And the scrotum! To think that something so vital to the survival of the species, fully responsible for 50 per cent of the ingredients--though none of the work--should hang freely from the body in a tiny, defenceless bag of skin. One whack, one bite, one paw-scratch--and it's just the right level, too, for your average animal, a dog, a lion, a sabre-tooth tiger--and that's it, end of story. Don't you think it should get better protection? Behind some bone, for example, like us? What could be better than our nicely tapered entrance? It's discreet and stylish, everything is cleverly and compactly encased in the body, with nothing hanging out within easy reach of a closing subway door, there's a neat triangle of hair above it, like a road sign, should you lose your way--it's perfect. The penis is just such a lousy design. It's pre-Scandinavian. Pre-Bauhaus, even.”

Tags : Design Gender Sex Sexual Organs
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Self

86. “They would emerge a short distance away, sometimes three or four of them, a short lived archipelago of volcanic islands.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

87. “If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

Tags : Doubt
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

88. “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 unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy.”

Tags : Doubt Fear
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

89. “I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

Tags : Doubt
Author : Yann Martel

90. “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity- its envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.”

Tags : Beautiful Inspirational Science
Author : Yann Martel

91. “I love Canada...It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

92. “Socially inferior animals are the ones that make the most strenuous, resourceful efforts to get to know their keepers. They prove to be the ones most faithful to them…it is a fact commonly known in the trade.”

Tags : Nature
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

93. “Henry had written a novel because there was a hole in him that needed filling, a question that needed answering, a patch of canvas that needed painting—that blend of anxiety, curiosity and joy that is at the origin of art—and he had filled the hole, answered the question, splashed colour on the canvas, all done for himself, because he had to. Then complete strangers told him that his book had filled a hole in them, had answered a question, had brought colour to their lives. The comfort of strangers, be it a smile, a pat on the shoulder or a word of praise, is truly a comfort.”

Tags : Art Book Creativity Curiosity Inspirational Joy Life Painting Strangers Writer Writers On Writing Writing Writing Life
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

94. “A story is a wedding in which we listeners are the groom watching the bride coming up the aisle. It is together, in an act of imaginary consummation, that the story is born. This act wholly involves us, as any marriage would, and just as no marriage is exactly the same as another, so each of us interprets a story differently, feels for it differently. A story calls upon us...as individuals-and we like that. Stories benefit the human mind.”

Tags : Belief Fiction Inspirational Stories Storytelling
Author : Yann Martel

95. “Stories--individual stories, family stories, national stories--are what stitch together the disparate elements of human existence into a coherent whole. We are story animals.”

Tags : Stories
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

96. “It was my first clue that atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them - and then they leap. I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for awhile. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

Tags : Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

97. “The individual soul touches upon the world soul like a well reaches for the water table. That which sustains the universe beyond thought and language, and that which is at the core of us and struggles for expression, is the same thing. The finite within the infinite, the infinite within the finite.”

Tags : Life Philosophical
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

98. “Cinta sulit dipercaya, tanyakan pada siapapun yang sedang jatuh cinta.Kehidupan ini juga sulit dipercaya, tanyakan pada ilmuwan manapun.Tuhan juga sulit dipercaya, tanyakan pada siapapun yang memercayainya.Kenapa Anda tidak menerima hal-hal yang sulit dipercaya?”

Tags : Cinta Hidup Jatuh Cinta Kehidupan Kepercayaan Percaya Tuhan
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

99. “Kalau begitu, apa gunanya punya akal, Richard Parker?Apakah sekadar untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sehari-hari —- mencari makanan, pakaian, dan atap untuk berteduh?Kenapa akal tak bisa memberikan jawaban-jawaban yang lebih kompleks?Kenapa kita bisa menanyakan hal yang tak ada jawabannya?Buat apa punya jala begitu besar kalau sedikit sekali ikan yang bisa ditangkap?”

Tags : Akal Ikan Jala Jawaban Pertanyaan
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

100. “I did not grasp all these details - and many more - right away. They came to my notice with time and as a result of necessity. I would be in the direst of dire straits, facing a bleak future, when some small thing, some detail, would transform itself and appear in my mind in a new light. It would no longer be the small thing it was before, but the most important thing in the world, the thing that would save my life. This happened time and again. How true it is that necessity is the mother of invention, how very true.”

Tags : Necessity Need
Author : Yann Martel

101. “And so, when she heard if Hare Krishnas, she didn't hear right. She heard "Hairless Christians", and that is what they were to her for many years. When I corrected her, I told her in fact she was not so wrong; that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.”

Tags : Insightful
Author : Yann Martel

102. “If God on the Cross is God shamming a human tragedy, it turns the Passion of Christ into the Farce of Christ. The death of the Son must be real. Father Martin assured me it was. But once a dead God, always a dead God, even resurrected. The Son must have the taste for death forever in His mouth. The Trinity must be tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father. The horror must be real. Why would God wish that upon Himself? Why not leave death to the mortals? Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? Love. That was Father Martin's answer.”

Tags : Inspirational Inspirational Life Inspirational Love Inspirational Quotes Jesus Love
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

103. “...he found it where he should have looked first, on the Internet, which is a net indeed, one that can be cast further than the eye can see and be retrieved no matter how heavy the hall, its magical mesh never breaking under the strain but always bringing in the most amazing catch.”

Tags : Internet
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

104. “But it was hard, oh, it was hard. Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love--but sometimes it was so hard to love. Sometimes my heart was sinking so fast with anger, desolation, and weariness, I was afraid it would sink to the very bottom of the Pacific and I would not be able to lift it back up.”

Tags : Religious
Author : Yann Martel

105. “It's a joke in the zoo business, a weary joke, that the paperwork involved in trading a shrew weighs more than an elephant, that the paperwork involved in trading an elephant weighs more than a whale, and that you must never try to trade a whale, never.”

Tags : Funny Paperwork
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

106. “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.”

Tags : Goodbye Regret Saying Goodbye
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

107. “What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell.”

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Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

108. “What his uncle does not understand is that in walking backwards, his back to the world, his back to God, he is not grieving. He is objecting. Because when everything cherished by you in life has been taken away, what else is there to do but object?”

Tags : Grief Loss Walking
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

109. “My gratitude to him is as boundless as the Pacific ocean.”

Tags : Gratitude
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

110. “I was giving up. I would have given up - if a voice hadn't made itself heard in my heart. The voice said "I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen everyday. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.”

Tags : Death Inspirational Life Religion Spiritual
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

111. “I couldn't get Him out of my head. Still can't. I spent three solid days thinking about Him. The more He bothered me, the less I coul forget Him. And the more I learned about Him, the less I wanted to leave Him.”

Tags : Christianity Jesus Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

112. “We are all born like Catholics . . . in limbo, without religion.”

Tags : Catholicism Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

113. “Hijau adalah warna yang indah. Warna Islam. Warna kesukaanku.”

Tags : Hijau Islam Warna
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

114. “A house is a compressed territory where our basic needs can be fulfilled close by and safely.”

Tags : Life Life Of Pi Philosophy Of Life
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

115. “Remember that your days on this earth are counted and you might as well make the best of those you have left.”

Tags : Carpe Diem Life Lessons
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

116. “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.”

Tags : First Sentence
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

117. “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.”

Tags : God Love
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

118. “Right away, death is word-eating.”

Tags : Death Of A Loved One
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

119. “The sad fact is there are no natural deaths, despite what doctors say. Every death is felt by someone as a murder, the unjust taking of a loved being. And even the luckiest of us will encounter at least one murder in our own lives: our own. It is our fate. We all live a murder mystery of which we are the victim.”

Tags : Death Death Of A Loved One Grief Murder
Author : Yann Martel

120. “What a thing to acknowledge in your heart! 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 to 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.”

Tags : Death Death Of A Loved One Family Relationships
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

121. “Kematian selalu membuntuti Kehidupan dengan begitu dekat, bukanlah karena keharusan biologis, melainkan karena rasa iri. Kehidupan ini begitu indah, sehingga maut pun jatuh cinta padanya. Cinta yang pencemburu dan posesif, yang menyambar apapun yang bisa diambilnya”

Tags : Cemburu Cinta Hidup Indah Iri Kehidupan Kematian Mati Maut Posesif
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

122. “Kau mungkin tidak percaya pada kehidupan, tapi aku tidak percaya pada kematian.”

Tags : Hidup Kehidupan Kematian Mati Percaya
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

123. “Kita tentunya juga diperbolehkan merasa ragu. Tapi kita mesti jalan terus. Memilih keraguan sebagai falsafah hidup sama halnya memilih kemandekan sebagai sarana transportasi.”

Tags : Keraguan Mandek Ragu
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

124. “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...”

Tags : Life
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

125. “We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.”

Tags : Zoology
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

126. “The obsession with putting ourselves at the centre of everything is the bane not only of theologians but also of zoologists.”

Tags : Animals Philosophy Religion Theology Zoology
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

127. “But I want to pray to Allah. I want to be a Christian.”

Tags : Allah Christianity Life Of Pi Religion
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

128. “Ageing is not easy, Senhora Castro. It's a terrible, incurable pathology. And great love is another pathology.”

Tags : Ageing Love
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

129. “Ageing is not easy, Sennhora Castro. It's a terrible, incurable pathology. And great love is another pathology. It starts well. It's a most desirable disease. One wouldn't want to do without it. It's like yeast that corrupts the juice of grapes. One loves, one loves, one persists in loving-the incubation period can be very long- and then, with death, comes the heart break. Love must always meet its unwanted end.”

Tags : Ageing Death Diesease Heartbreak Love Suffering
Author : Yann Martel
Source : The High Mountains of Portugal

130. “Cái quan trọng ở đời là phải kết thúc mọi thứ cho chỉn chu. Có thế ta mới yên tâm mà đi được. Nếu không thì lúc nào trong ta cũng đầy những lời muốn nói mà chẳng bao giờ nói, và lòng ta sẽ nặng trĩu ân hận.”

Tags : Ending
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

131. “How true is that necessity is the mother of invention, how very true.”

Tags : Life Of Pi Martel Yann Martel
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

132. “As for fame, fame felt like nothing. Fame was not a sensation like love or hunger or loneliness, welling from within and invisible to the outside eye. It was rather entirely external, coming from the minds of others. It existed in the way people looked at him or behaved towards him. In that, being famous was no different from being gay, or Jewish, or from a visible minority: you are who you are, and then people project onto you some notion they have.”

Tags : Thought Provoking
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil

133. “There are animals we haven't stopped by. Don't think they're harmless. Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.”

Tags : Evolution Fight
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

134. “I never had problems with my fellow scientists. 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.”

Tags : Beer Science Scientists
Author : Yann Martel

135. “Life and death live and die in exactly the same spot, the body.”

Tags : Facts True To Life Truth
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Beatrice and Virgil