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Yann Martel Quote: “When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”
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: “It was as unbelievable as the moon catching fire.”
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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “First wonder goes deepest; wonder after that fits in the impression made by the first.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If there’s only one nation in the sky, shouldn’t all passports be valid for it?”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I wish I could convey the perfection of a seal slipping into water or a spider monkey swinging from point to point or a lion merely turning its head. But language founders in such seas. Better to picture it in your head if you want to feel it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My alarm clock during my childhood was a pride of lions.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Just as music is noise that makes sense, a painting is colour that makes sense, so a story is life that makes sense.”
Yann Martel Quote: “You can get used to anything – haven’t I already said that? Isn’t that what all survivors say?”
Yann Martel Quote: “Jesus, Mary, Muhammad and Vishnu, how good to see you Richard Parker!”
Yann Martel Quote: “Religion is more than rite and ritual.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Quickly you make rash decisions. You dismiss your last allies: hope and trust. There, you’ve defeated yourself. Fear, which is but an impression, has triumphed over you.”
Yann Martel Quote: “For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Blessed be shock. Blessed be the part of us that protects us from too much pain and sorrow. At the heart of life is a fusebox.”
Yann Martel Quote: “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go.”
Yann Martel Quote: “We think we live in a global village. We don’t. The world is a big and beautiful and incredibly varied place. It can only be known locally, with your two feet on the ground. We should stick to our own gardens, as Voltaire said.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.”
Yann Martel Quote: “India is a place where all stories are possible. You forget that the imagination can take hold of anything and contemplate it and love it and describe it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. – “The Life of Pi.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I’m not a consumer. I hate buying clothes. I don’t have a mobile. I just don’t need things. I don’t like things.”
Yann Martel Quote: “People move in the hope of a better life.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “The presence of God is the finest of rewards.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Fiction and nonfiction are not so easily divided. Fiction may not be real, but it’s true; it goes beyond the garland of facts to get to emotional and psychological truths.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Books are something social – a writer speaking to a reader – so I think making the reading of a book the center of a social event, the meeting of a book club, is a brilliant idea.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Words are cold, muddy toads trying to understand sprites dancing in a field-but they’re all we have.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Artists invent things as a way of telling the truth.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Was it the forgetfulness of old age or personal incapacity that made the man able to say please but not thank you?”
Yann Martel Quote: “I find that movies tend to fix the aesthetics of a story in people’s minds.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If you are pitched into misery, remember that your days on this earth are counted and you might as well make the best of those you have left.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Just do it. Get it down on the page. Work hard. And then let go. Ask yourself why you want to write. You have to be clear about that.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Everything was screaming: the sea, the wind, my heart.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.”
Yann Martel Quote: “It is a vast country, so that inspires you. It’s also the greatest hotel on earth: It welcomes people from everywhere. It’s a good country to write from because in many ways Canada is the world.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Gloom is but a shadow of a cloud passing by.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness – how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view of things? This peephole is all I’ve got!”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Isn’t telling about something-using words, English or Japanese-already something of an invention? Isn’t just looking upon this world already something of an invention?”
Yann Martel Quote: “We are all born like Catholics, aren’t we – in limbo, without religion, until some figure introduces us to God?”
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