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Yann Martel Quote: “You may not believe in life, but I don’t believe in death. Move on!”
Yann Martel Quote: “If you don’t let technology help you, if you resist good ideas, you condemn yourself to dinosaurhood.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I go to mass every Sunday, but love going to mosques too. Muslims pray in a beautiful way.”
Yann Martel Quote: “What is the purpose of reason, Richard Parker? Is it no more than to shine at practicalities – the getting of food, clothing and shelter? 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 of there’s so little fish to catch?”
Yann Martel Quote: “The obsession with putting ourselves at the centre of everything is the bane not only of theologians but also of zoologists.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The moon was a sharply defined crescent and the sky was perfectly clear. The stars shone with such fierce, contained brilliance that it seemed absurd to call the night dark.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Things didn’t turn out the way they were suppsed to, but qhat can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Just as art brings you to another place, so does religion – and to ask questions of factuality tends to reduce both. If you say you were inspired by a novel, that implies that your book is a work of fiction.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I blinked deliberately, expecting my eyelids to act like lumberjacks. But the trees would not fall.”
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. 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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The paths to liberation are numerous, but the bank along the way is always the same, the Bank of Karma, where the liberation account of each of us is credited or debited depending on our actions.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Zoo is an artificial territory, an approximation. Civilization is our natural territory.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Truth is a nebulous thing. There are certain, definite truths, but the truth of our lives goes far beyond facts.”
Yann Martel Quote: “No one dies of nausea, but it can seriously sap the will to live.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The idea of a flip book still really appeals to me. That idea of fiction and non-fiction.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Christianity stretches back through the ages, but in essence it exists only at one time: right now.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I explore it now in the only place left for it, my memory.”
Yann Martel Quote: “And I survived because I made a point of forgetting.”
Yann Martel Quote: “This was all a bit much for me. The tone was right – loving and brave – but the details seemed bleak. I said nothing. It wasn’t for fear of angering Mr. Kumar. I was more afraid that in a few words thrown out he might destroy something that I loved. What if his words had the effect of polio on me? What a terrible disease that must be if it could kill God in a man.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Mockery be damned, my urine looked delicious.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Love is a house with an unshakable foundation and an indestructible roof.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Time is an illusion that makes us all pant.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Oncoming death is terrible enough, but worse still is oncoming death with time to spare, time in which all the happiness that was yours and all the happiness that might have been yours becomes clear to you. You see with utter lucidity all that you are losing.”
Yann Martel Quote: “How true is that necessity is the mother of invention, how very true.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I had to stop hoping so much that a ship would rescue me. I should not count on outside help. Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and to do too little. 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: “Sitting in an office for TOO long is not natural, perhaps, so that’s why we should change it. I didn’t say that out-and-out capitalism, which reduces humanity to dollar figures, is natural.”
Yann Martel Quote: “To me, the research is a way of exploring what it means to be alive.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My ears were full. Nothing more, not one more sound, could push into them and be registered.”
Yann Martel Quote: “There are animals we haven’t stopped by. Don’t think they’re harmless. Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Slice a pear and you will find that its flesh is incandescent white. It glows with inner light. Those who carry a knife and a pear are never afraid of the dark.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I would nearly go into convulsions of dismay at my stupidity.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I think art comes from some sense of discomfort with the world, some sense of not quite fitting with it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “In art, something comes of nothing. Out of the thin air and the ether, you create a story. And that is intensely satisfying.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I have read that there are two fears that cannot be trained out of us: the startle reaction upon hearing an unexpected noise, and vertigo. I would like to add a third, to wit, the rapid and direct approch of a known killer.”
Yann Martel Quote: “We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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?”
Yann Martel Quote: “Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer?”
Yann Martel Quote: “I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My next book – each one while I’m working on it – dances in my mind and thrills me at every turn. If it didn’t, why would I write it?”
Yann Martel Quote: “I am not a particularly natural writer. I am not a person who can write in paragraphs the way some writers do. For me, it’s sentence by sentence, sometimes word-by-word. And I revise constantly. It’s a very laborious process, but I love doing it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “War subjects itself to transportation in a way that we find acceptable.”
Yann Martel Quote: “In a healthy individual, a broken bone that has healed properly is strongest where it was once broken. You have not lost any life, Henry told himself. You will still get your fair share of years. Yet the quality of his life changed. Once you’ve been struck by violence, you acquire companions that never leave you entirely: Suspicion, Fear, Anxiety, Despair, Joylessness. The natural smile is taken from you and the natural pleasures you once enjoyed lose their appeal.”
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