Quotes from book
Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a Canadian philosophical novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist is Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian Tamil boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and metaphysics from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger which raises questions about the nature of reality and how it is perceived and told.


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„I know what you want. You want a story that won't surprise you. That will confirm what you already know.“

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Source: Life of Pi (2001), Chapter 99, p. 336
Context: I know what you want. You want a story that won't surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won't make you see higher or further or differently. You want a flat story. An immobile story. You want dry, yeastless factuality.

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„Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time." Page 212.“

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Variant: I did not count the days or the weeks or the months. Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.
Source: Life of Pi

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„Things didn't turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.“

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Variant: Things didn't turn out the way they're supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
Source: Life of Pi

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„Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love.“

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Variant: 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.
Source: Life of Pi

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

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Variant: To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
Source: Life of Pi (2001), Chapter 7, p. 31

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