September 12, 2012
"fiction is the selective transformation of reality, the twisting of it to bring out its essence"

— Yann Martel 

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September 10, 2012
"Isn’t telling about something already something of an invention? Isn’t just looking upon this world already something of an invention? The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it. And in understanding something, we bring something to it. Doesn’t that make life a story?"

— Y.Martel, Life of Pi 

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August 29, 2012
"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."

— Y. Martel 

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August 28, 2012
"These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. 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."

— Yann Martel, Life of Pi 

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August 25, 2012
"The truth of life is that Brahman is no different from atman…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. If you ask me how the Brahman and atman relate precisely, I would say in the same way the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit relate: mysteriously. But one thing is clear: atman seeks to realize Brahman, to be united with the Absolute, and it travels in this life on a pilgrimage where it is born and dies, and is born again and dies again, and again, and again, until it manages to shed the sheaths that imprison it here below."

— Y. Martel, Life of Pi 

August 18, 2012
"Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. 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 transport."

— Y. Martel, Life of Pi 

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July 19, 2012
"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 a passing shadow of a cloud."

— Y. Martel, Life of Pi

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