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Yann Martel Quote: “I can well imagine an athiest’s last words: “White, white! L-L-Love! My God!” – and the deathbed leap of faith. Whereas the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying “Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain,” and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story.”
Yann Martel Quote: “A great literary work can be completely, completely unpredictable. Which can sometimes make them very hard to read, but it gives them a great originality.”
Yann Martel Quote: “War subjects itself to transportation in a way that we find acceptable.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.”
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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “A movie tends to box you in, at least as far as the aesthetics. You have an incredibly kinetic experience, which is the joy of cinema.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I meet a number of people as a writer of fiction who say “Oh, I don’t read much fiction,” as if the history of the United States, just as an example, isn’t an exercise in storytelling and myth-making.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Right away, death is word-eating.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The most beautiful rooms I have entered have been empty ones. Warehouses full of light and dust. Empty attics with a view. Coastlines. Prairies.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Life and death live and die in exactly the same spot, the body. It is from there that both babies and cancers are born.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I can’t live for more than four years outside of Canada. I’m Canadian, so ultimately that is my reference point.”
Yann Martel Quote: “There’s nothing like the unimaginable to make people believe.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Loneliness comes up to him like a sniffing dog. It circles him insistently. He waves it away, but it refuses to leave him alone.”
Yann Martel Quote: “A movie will do in one second, with one image, what it will take a novelist at least a page to describe.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Another favorite position of his was sitting with his back to me, his rear half resting on the floor of the boat and his front half on the bench, his face buried into the stern, paws right next to his head, looking as if we were playing hide-and-seek and he were the one counting. In this position he tended to lie very still, with only the occasional twitching of his ears to indicate that he is not necessarily sleeping.”
Yann Martel Quote: “A work of art works because it is true, not because it is real.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I went to temple at crowded times when Brahmins were too distracted to come between me and God.”
Yann Martel Quote: “But once a dead God, always a dead God, even resurrected. The Son must have the taste of 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 mortals? Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? – Love. That was his answer.”
Yann Martel Quote: “I noticed how those who know the truth are always treated with suspicion and disdain. That was the case with Jesus, of course. But look at old Miss Marple. Always she knows, and everyone is surprised that she does. And the same with Hercule Poirot. How can that ridiculous little man know anything? But he does, he does. It is the triumph of the meek, in Agatha Christie as in the Gospels.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Most of us get our history through story.”
Yann Martel Quote: “While Odo has mastered the simple human trick of making porridge, Peter has learned the difficult animal skill of doing nothing. He’s learned to unshackle himself from the race of time and contemplate time itself. As far as he can tell, that’s what Odo spends most of his time doing: being in time, like one sits by a river, watching the water go by. It’s a lesson hard learned, just to sit there and be.”
Yann Martel Quote: “We are cynical about our own species, but less so about animals, especially wild ones. We might not shelter them from habitat destruction, but we do tend to shelter them from excessive irony.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Memory is a glue: it attaches you to everything, even to what you don’t like.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Then Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Everything in me, right down to the pores of my skin, was expressing joy.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Any writer will be happy and good only if they know what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The language of prose is very different than the language of cinema, so the movie has to successfully translate what was in the book.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Love is a house with many rooms, this room to feed the love, this one to entertain it, this one to clean it, this one to dress it, this one to allow it to rest, and each of these rooms can also just as well be the room for laughing or the room for listening or the room for apologizing or the room for intimate togetherness, and, of course, there are the rooms for the new members of the household.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Because to suffer and do nothing is to be nothing, while to suffer and do something is to become someone.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Of the river of time, he worries neither about its spring nor its delta.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The sad fact is that there are no natural deaths, despite what doctors say. Every death is felt by someone as a murder, as the unjust taking of a loved being.”
Yann Martel Quote: “In his entirely personal experience of them, English was jazz music, German was classical music, French was ecclesiastical music, and Spanish was from the streets. Which is to stay, stab his heart and it would bleed French, slice his brain open and its convolutions would be lined with English and German, and touch his hands and they would feel Spanish.”
Yann Martel Quote: “This tiny habitation on wheels, with bit parts of the living room, the washroom, and the fireplace, is a pathetic admission that human life is no more than this: an attempt to feel at home while racing towards oblivion. He.”
Yann Martel Quote: “We are random animals. That is who we are, and we have only ourselves, nothing more – there is no greater relationship.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Ageing is not easy, Senhora Castro. It’s a terrible, incurable pathology. And great love is another pathology.”
Yann Martel Quote: “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.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Like punk rock, like Jackson Pollock, like Jack Kerouac, it was truly human, a mix of perfect beauty and cathartic error.”
Yann Martel Quote: “My greatest wish – other than salvation – was to have a book.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The holy word is story, and story is the holy word.”
Yann Martel Quote: “English was jazz music, German was classical music, French was ecclesiastical music, and Spanish was the music from the streets.”
Yann Martel Quote: “The grand march of progress apparently includes the unfortunate necessity of chopping down every obstacle in its way.”
Yann Martel Quote: “His heart is expended that way, of loving the single, particular individual. He loved Clara with every fibre of his being, but now he has nothing left. Or rather, he has learned to live with her absence, and he has no wish to fill that absence; that would be like losing her a second time. Instead he would prefer to be kind to everyone, a less personal but broader love.”
Yann Martel Quote: “If you write genre fiction, you follow the rules, and you have to follow them because readers expect that.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Without a driver this bus is lost.”
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. As for nonfiction, for history, it may be real, but its truth is slippery, hard to access, with no fixed meaning bolted to it. If history doesn’t become story, it dies to everyone except the historian.”
Yann Martel Quote: “Doesn’t the telling of something always become a story?”
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