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By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

My suffering left me sad and gloomy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

I knelt a mortal; I rose an immortal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

There is nothing more satisfying than having a sentence fall into place in a way you feel is right, and then adding another one and then another one. It's extraordinarily satisfying.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

It was as unbelievable as the moon catching fire.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

Words of divine consciousness: moral exaltation; lasting feelings of elevation, elation, joy; a quickening of the moral sense, which strikes one as more important than an intellectual understanding of things; an alignment of the universe along moral lines, not intellectual ones; 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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 18 Sep

Yann Martel

Peter has learned the difficult animal skill of doing nothing. He's learned to unshackle himself of the race of time and contemplate time itself. [..] It's a lesson hard learned, just to sit there and be.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

I knew very little about the religion. [Christianity] It had a reputation for few gods and great violence. But good schools.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

How does one say in the jargon of musicology that my sould was pulled out of me and thrown up in the air, to be tossed about by the music. How does one say that I breathed, that I existed, in harmony with the ups and downs of those notes. What kind of notes both elevate and cast down, exalt and crush?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

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...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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

Do you understand? You've been praying to a crucified chimpanzee all these years. Your Son of Man is not a god-he's just an ape on a cross!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

Fanatics do not have faith - they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

I chose the name Pi because it's an irrational number (one with no discernable pattern). Yet scientists use this irrational number to come to a "rational" understanding of the universe. To me, religion is a bit like that, "irrational" yet with it we come together we come to a sound understanding of the universe.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

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. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud .

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 13 Sep

Yann Martel

I find that movies tend to fix the aesthetics of a story in people's minds.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yann Martel

I don't mean to defend zoos. Close them all down if you want (and let us hope that what wildlife remains can survive in what is left of the natural world). I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusion about freedom plague them both.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

But it was hard, oh, it was hard. 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 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

When the course of experience made me see that there is no saviour and no special grace, no remission beyond the human, that pain is to be endured and fades, if it fades, only with time, then God became nothing to me but a dyslexic dog, with neither bark nor bite.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

We are all born like Catholics, aren't we—in limbo, without religion, until some figure introduces us to God?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

What a thing to acknowledge in your heart! 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. To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you. It is like losing-I’m sorry, I would rather not go on.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression. I thank God it always passed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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?

By Anonym 17 Sep

Yann Martel

Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Yann Martel

Somos una nación de ingenieros que aspiran a ser reconocidos.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

As much as I love movies, it would be presumptuous of me to think that I know how to make one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

Why do people move? What makes them uproot and leave everything they've known for a great unknown beyond the horizon? ... The answer is the same the world over: people move in the hope of a better life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Yann Martel

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?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Yann Martel

We are random animals. That is who we are, and we have only ourselves, nothing more--there is no greater relationship.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Yann Martel

War subjects itself to transportation in a way that we find acceptable.

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 14 Sep

Yann Martel

Most people take who they are, naturally, as a given, and they're interested in the sexual other, but not in being the sexual other. Most men are interested in women - whether sexually or not is not the question - but they don't necessarily want to be a woman.