Quotes from ‘Life of Pi’

First off, I didn’t like the book so much. It seemed to me like nothing more than a barely credible fairy tale tied with a bunch of religious rants. However, I did notice some interesting phrases:

  • Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it…
  • Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.
  • People move because of the wear and tear of anxiety. Because of the gnawing feeling that no matter how hard they work their efforts will yield nothing, that what they build up in one year will be torn down in one day by others. Because of the impression that the future is blocked up, that they might do all right but not their children. Because of the feeling that nothing will change, that happiness and prosperity are possible only somewhere else.
    (Note: He wrote about India but that’s exactly how I feel about Moldova)
  • He’s a shy man. Life has taught him not to show off what is most precious to him.
  • … for added authenticity.
  • Only fear can defeat life.
  • Time is an illusion that only makes us pant.
  • Only death consistently excites your emotions…
  • I concluded that I had gone mad. Sad but true. Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
    (Note: Could this be a Metallica reference?)
  • The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.
  • “… Everything was normal and then…?”
    “Then normal sank.”

6 Responses to Quotes from ‘Life of Pi’

  1. With the exception of the bizarre floating island, I thought the book was interesting enough. Then came the ending and the “alternative” take on the story. That ruined it for me, more than the half-baked attempt at pseudo-profundity.

    That having been said, you’ve compiled quite an interesting list of quotable quotes. Now I feel like I should have a closer look at the book!

  2. Alex Railean says:

    Do you happen to have “Self”, written by the same author?

  3. Sushil G says:

    I highly appreciated this book mainly because of the authenitc feel it exuded. Martel really did his research, evident in his descriptions of hindu religious processions and civilian life in India. It really hit home as a lot of the passages provided immense amounts of nostalgia for an individual(i.e me) born and raised in the same area as the main character. It did kind of slow down towards the end and was kind of anti-climatic, but the substance-filled extended introduction made up for everything.

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

  4. Constantin says:

    Congratulations to the author for making it feel real. Since I’ve never been to India I cannot have an objective opinion on this, but there seem to be many parallels between life in India and life in Moldova.

    Yeah, the quote that agnostics. Except that agnosticism is *not* doubt.

  5. Anonymous says:

    A vast universe

    A roar from a great dragon

    How long could it last

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