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Yann Martel Quote: “My zoology thesis was a functional analysis of the thyroid gland of the three-toed sloth. I chose the sloth because its demeanour – calm, quiet and introspective – did something to soothe my shattered self.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
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: “If you take two steps towards God,′ he used to tell me, ‘God runs to you!”
Yann Martel Quote: “High calls low and low calls high. I tell you, if you were in such dire straits as I was, you too would elevate your thoughts. The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I spent more hours than I can count a quiet witness to the highly mannered, manifold expressions of life that grace our planet. It is something so bright, loud, weird and delicate as to stupefy the senses.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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 Quote: “My fingers, which a second before had been taste buds savouring the food a little ahead of my mouth, became dirty under his gaze. They froze like criminals caught in the act. I didn’t dare lick them. I wiped them guiltily on my napkin. He had no idea how deeply those words wounded me. They were like nails being driven into my flesh. I picked up the knife and fork. I had hardly ever used such instruments. My hands trembled. My sambar lost its taste.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.”
Yann Martel Quote: “It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I’ve made none the champion.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn’t love hard to believe?”
Yann Martel Quote: “My feelings can perhaps be imagined, but they can hardly be described.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Much hostile and aggressive behaviour among animals is the expression of social insecurity.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Nothing beats reason for keeping tigers away. But be excessively reasonable and you risk throwing out the universe with the bathwater.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Come aboard if your destination is oblivion- it should be our next stop. We can sit together. You can have the window seat if you want. But it’s a sad view.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I felt I was beating a rainbow to death.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Christianity is a religion in a rush. Look at the world created in seven says. Even on a symbolic lovel, that’s creation in frenzy.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar. It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering. I should turn to God.”
Yann Martel Quote: “You bring joy and pain in equal measure. Joy because you are with me, but pain because it wont be for long.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Nature can put on a thrilling show. The stage is vast, the lighting is dramatic, the extras are innumerable, and the budget for special effects is absolutely unlimited.”
Yann Martel Quote: “There’s no peace like the peace of an inner courtyard on a sunny day.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? Love.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Repetition is important in the training not only of animals but also of humans.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I was not wounded in any part of my body, but I had never experienced such intense pain, such a ripping of the nerves, such an ache of the heart.”
Yann Martel Quote: “We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take, the improbability of success. We fight to the very end. It is not the question of courage. It is something constitutional, an ability to let go. It maybe nothing more than life-hungry stupidity.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I preferred to set off and perish in search of my own kind than to live a lonely half-life of physical comfort and spiritual death on this murderous island.”
Yann Martel Quote: “He seems to be attracting religions the way a dog attracts fleas.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I ask you, is it the fig tree’s fault that it’s not the season for figs? What kind of thing is that to do to an innocent tree, wither it instantly?”
Yann Martel Quote: “What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Whatever the reason for wanting to escape, sane or insane, zoo detractors should realize that animals don’t escape to somewhere but from something.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression. I thank God it always passed.”
Yann Martel Quote: “A house is a compressed territory where our basic needs can be fulfilled close by and safely.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Books lined the shelves of bookstores like kids standing in a row to play baseball or soccer, and mine was the gangly, unathletic kid that no one wanted on their team.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I cannot think of a better way to spread the faith. No thundering from a pulpit, no condemnation from bad churches, no peer pressure, just a book of scripture quietly waiting to say hello, as gentle and powerful as a little girl’s kiss on your cheek.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Christianity is a religion in a rush.”
Yann Martel Quote: “How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally – certainly with my secular background – the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I turned around, stepped over the Zebra and threw myself overboard.”
Yann Martel Quote: “With the very first rays of light it came alive in me: hope. As things emerged in outline and filled with colour, hope increased until it was like a song in my heart. Oh, what it was to bask in it!”
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