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By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

People always seek to compare. They can take the new, but only if it is somehow connected to the familiar. We need that in our lives, the mix of the new and the old. But of course I'm flattered about the comparison with Old man and the sea. Hemingway is a great writer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

If you don't let technology help you, if you resist good ideas, you condemn yourself to dinosaurhood.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

Hijau adalah warna yang indah. Warna Islam. Warna kesukaanku.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is ken to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

Religion is just an alternate way of reading reality - you read material reality, and then you add on an extra layer of religiosity that deepens that understanding of reality. Some countries have lost that capacity, or dismissed it or marginalized it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in a strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Yann Martel

...people move in the hope of a better life

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

Jesus, Mary, Muhammad and Vishnu, how good to see you Richard Parker!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

To me, the research is a way of exploring what it means to be alive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

The tennis challenger starts strong but soon loses confidence in his playing. The champion racks up the games. But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring. Suddenly he's playing like the devil and the champion must work hard to get those last points.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

We always see the Holocaust in terms of black-and-white images, barking Germans, cowering Jews. We know very well-known fixed places like Auschwitz, Birkenau, Treblinka, and Beltzec. Instead, war can live in a couple having a spat, when we say, "That was a real war." We very rarely have the Holocaust live in the terms of today. And I think that's a problem, because it becomes ancient history.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

He's a shy man. Life has taught him not to show off what is most precious to him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

I think art comes from some sense of discomfort with the world, some sense of not quite fitting with it.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

I have a story that will make you believe in God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

To my mind, faith is like being in the sun. When you are in the sun, can you avoid creating a shadow? Can you shake that area of darkness that clings to you, always shaped like you, as if constantly to remind you of yourself? You can’t. This shadow is doubt. And it goes wherever you go as long as you stay in the sun. And who wouldn’t want to be in the sun?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

There's no peace like the peace of an inner courtyard on a sunny day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

A work of art works because it is true, not because it is real.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

They never look very big on the table, the bodies. It's built to accommodate the largest frames, there's that. And they're naked. But it's something else. That parcel of the being called the soul-weighing twenty-one grams, according to the experiments of the American doctor Duncan MacDougall-takes up a surprising amount of space, like aloud voice. In its absence, the body seems to shrink

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

Japanese-owned cargo ship Tsimtsum, flying Panamanian flag, sank July 2nd, 1977, in Pacific, four days out of Manila. Am in lifeboat. Pi Patel my name. Have some food, some water, but Bengal tiger a serious problem. Please advise family in Winnepeg, Canada. Any help very much appreciated. Thank you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

For 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

Doesn't the telling of something always become a story?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

Religion is more than rite and ritual.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Yann Martel

Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can get.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

...he found it where he should have looked first, on the Internet, which is a net indeed, one that can be cast further than the eye can see and be retrieved no matter how heavy the hall, its magical mesh never breaking under the strain but always bringing in the most amazing catch.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

I can only tell my story, what you believe is up to you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

My suffering left me sad and gloomy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

The language of prose is very different than the language of cinema, so the movie has to successfully translate what was in the book.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

The obsession with putting ourselves at the centre of everything is the bane not only of theologians but also of zoologists.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Yann Martel

La obsesión de colocarnos en el centro de todo es la ruina tanto de los teólogos como de los zoólogos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

For the first time I noticed - as I would notice repeatedly during my ordeal, between one throe of agony and the next - that my suffering was taking place in a grand setting. I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was all right.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Yann Martel

Only death consistently excites your emotions, whether contemplating when life is safe and stale, or fleeing it when life is threatened and precious

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Yann Martel

La primera sensación de maravilla es la que cala más hondo...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

What works in a story is very different than what works in cinema. For example, dialogue in books: If you translate it too faithfully, it sounds a little stilted, because we often don't speak the way we speak in novels. Oral language is much punchier, shorter sentences.