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Yann Martel Quote: “I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”
Yann Martel Quote: “You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I have a story that will make you believe in God.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, he was watching. Even when he seemed indifferent to my suffering, he was watching. And when I was beyond all hope of saving, he gave me rest. Then he gave me a sign to continue my journey.”
Yann Martel Quote: “How long does it take for a broken spirit to kill a body that has food, water and shelter?”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I can only tell my story, what you believe is up to you.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If you don’t have dreams, how do you maneuver reality? Where do you get the ideas to change reality if not from dreams?”
Yann Martel Quote: “It is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “There is nothing more satisfying than having a sentence fall into place in a way you feel is right, and then adding another one and then another one. It’s extraordinarily satisfying.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “Afterwards, when it’s all over, you meet God. What do you say to God?”
Yann Martel Quote: “Work, work, work, but what mark do we leave, what point do we make? People who are too beholden to work become like erasers: as things move forward, they leave in their wake no trace of themselves.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “I love cinema. I think the risk of the aesthetics being fixed is compensated by other advantages. Cinema is visually powerful, it is a complete experience, reaches different audience. It’s something I really like. I like movies.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The animals might embody certain traits. We think of tigers as being ferocious, etc. But to my mind, it was the other way around: the humans embodied certain animal traits.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I love Canada. Its a wonderful political act of faith that exists atop a breathtakingly beautiful land.”
Yann Martel Quote: “To me, religion is about our dignity, not our depravity.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I did not count the days or the weeks or the months. Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “He’s a shy man. Life has taught him not to show off what is most precious to him.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Fanatics do not have faith – they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling.”
Yann Martel Quote: “As much as I love movies, it would be presumptuous of me to think that I know how to make one.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “Don’t you bully me with your politeness!”
Yann Martel Quote: “Art is the suitcase of history, carrying the essentials. Art is the life buoy of history. Art is seed, art is memory, art is vaccine.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My greatest wish – other than salvation – was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One I could read again and again, with new eyes and a fresh understanding each time.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Words are much better at relating emotions and thoughts.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Life is an interpretation of a series of facts, and that interpretation is really what life is about. So the division between non-fiction and fiction has a certain logic, but it’s a very limited one. And by and large, it isn’t helpful.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Books, like people, can’t be reduced to the cost of the materials with which they were made. Books, like people, become unique and precious once you get to know them.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Life on a lifeboat isn’t much of a life.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My gratitude to him is as boundless as the Pacific ocean.”
Yann Martel Quote: “You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If there’s only one nation in the sky, shouldn’t all passports be valid for it?”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “A realization that the founding principle of existence is what we call love, which works itself out sometimes not clearly, not cleanly, not immediately, nonetheless ineluctably.”
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