Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Disclaimer: I did not write any of these quotes, these are merely my favorite quotes from Life of Pi written by Yann Martel


To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old.

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

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Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out.

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…for everything has a trace of divine in it.

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Every element lived in harmonious relation with its neighbor, and all was kith and kin.

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The founding principle of existence is what we call love.

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First wonder goes deepest; wonder after that fits in the impression made by the first.

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The feeling, a paradoxical mix of pulsing energy and profound peace,
was intense and blissful.

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Whereas before the road, the sea, the trees, the air,
the sun all spoke differently to me, now they spoke one language of unity.

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I felt like the center of a small circle coinciding with the center of a much larger one.

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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.

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

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Don’t think they’re harmless. Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.

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All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange,
sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving;
it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.

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It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go.
Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did,
and your heart is heavy with remorse.

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The sound would disappear, but the hurt would linger.

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Fear begins in your mind, always.

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Better to picture it in your head if you want to feel it.

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The worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little.