Yann Martel Quotes
'Life of Pi' was actually a very simple novel to write.
A great literary work can be completely, completely unpredictable. Which can sometimes make them very hard to read, but it gives them a great originality.
A house is a compressed territory where our basic needs can be fulfilled close by and safely.
A movie is so visually powerful, so overwhelming, that it tends to crowd out how you might have imagined things.
A movie will do in one second, with one image, what it will take a novelist at least a page to describe.
A work of art works because it is true, not because it is real.
Afterwards, when it's all over, you meet God. What do you say to God?
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.
Any writer will be happy and good only if they know what they're doing and why they're doing it.
Bapu Gandhi said, 'All religions are true.' I just want to love God.
Books are something social - a writer speaking to a reader - so I think making the reading of a book the center of a social event, the meeting of a book club, is a brilliant idea.
Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?
Change becomes a habit and habits are hard to change.
Christianity is a religion in a rush.
Christianity is a religion in a rush. Look at the world created in seven days. Even on a symbolic lovel, that's creation in frenzy.
Cinema is incredibly concise.
Cinema is visually powerful, it is a complete experience, reaches a different audience. It's something I really like. I like movies.
Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, he was watching. Even when he seemed indifferent to my suffering, he was watching. And when I was beyond all hope of saving, he gave me rest. Then he gave me a sign to continue my journey.
Every book I've written has been a different attempt to understand something, and the success or failure of the previous one is irrelevant. I write the book I want.
Everything has a trace of the divine in it.
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June 25, 1963
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