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I'm still learning my craft.
tags: craft learning
— Yann Martel
How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally - certainly with my secular background - the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence.
tags: live human existence
— Yann Martel
'Life of Pi' was actually a very simple novel to write.
tags: novel write
— Yann Martel
If a film project were available and the timing was right, I might be interested.
tags: right timing film
— Yann Martel
Words aren't very good at describing complicated, strange visual things. You can try, and the reader will have some sort of image in their mind, but words aren't good at that.
tags: mind
— Yann Martel
Cinema is incredibly concise.
— Yann Martel
In all big cities the style of life is the same. Same endless array of restaurants; same big museums with the usual suspects; same anonymity, which can be thrilling when you're young but which I found got tiresome.
tags: young
— Yann Martel
I like using animals because they help suspend my reader's disbelief. We have certain ideas about dentists. We don't have many ideas about rhinoceros dentists.
tags: animals help ideas dentist
— Yann Martel
I'm looking at a dead event and trying to give it new life. In a sense, I'm a taxidermist.
— Yann Martel
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.
tags: failure book write success
— Yann Martel
The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story.
tags: morals stories
— Yann Martel
I am not an autobiographical writer.
— Yann Martel
I'm happy pretty well anywhere on this big, beautiful planet.
tags: beautiful
— Yann Martel
If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure.
tags: children failure child
— Yann Martel
It's true, too, that I'm tired of using books as political bullets and grenades. Books are too precious and wonderful to be used for long in such a fashion.
tags: fashion true political book
— Yann Martel
My next book - each one while I'm working on it - dances in my mind and thrills me at every turn. If it didn't, why would I write it?
tags: mind book write dance
— Yann Martel
May books spread the world over!
tags: world book
— Yann Martel
You can't quantify human pain the way you can measure out sugar. Death comes one individual at a time.
tags: death time pain human
— Yann Martel
I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
tags: hurt moment goodbye
— Yann Martel
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 the passing shadow of a cloud...
tags: death beautiful
— Yann Martel
My gratitude to him is as boundless as the Pacific ocean.
tags: gratitude ocean
— Yann Martel
The planet is populated by human beings, of which there are only two sexes, and the role of the writer is to explore otherness, other realities. So the idea of a man exploring what it's like to be a woman doesn't strike me as being that wild or crazy an idea.
tags: men women reality human crazy wild sex ideas
— Yann Martel
At moments of wonder, it is easy to avoid small thinking, to entertain thoughts that span the universe, that capture both thunder and tinkle, thick and thin, the near and the far.
tags: thoughts moment wonder thinking universe
— Yann Martel
Nature can put on a thrilling show. The stage is vast, the lighting is dramatic, the extras are innumerable, and the budget for special effects is absolutely unlimited.
tags: nature
— Yann Martel
As much as I love movies, it would be presumptuous of me to think that I know how to make one.
tags: movie
— Yann Martel
If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.
tags: reality sacrifice dreams imagination artist
— Yann Martel
When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
tags: pain
— Yann Martel
The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.
— Yann Martel
We think we live in a global village. We don't. The world is a big and beautiful and incredibly varied place. It can only be known locally, with your two feet on the ground. We should stick to our own gardens, as Voltaire said.
tags: live world beautiful garden
— Yann Martel
I love Canada...It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos.
tags: people bad
— Yann Martel
The animals might embody certain traits. We think of tigers as being ferocious, etc. But to my mind, it was the other way around: the humans embodied certain animal traits.
tags: animals mind
— Yann Martel
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.
tags: time illusion
— Yann Martel
Most people take who they are, naturally, as a given, and they're interested in the sexual other, but not in being the sexual other. Most men are interested in women - whether sexually or not is not the question - but they don't necessarily want to be a woman.
tags: men people women questions sexual
— Yann Martel
To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
tags: doubt philosophy
— Yann Martel
Scientists are a friendly, atheistic, hard-working, beer-drinking lot whose minds are preoccupied with sex, chess and baseball when they are not preoccupied with science.
tags: sex mind chess baseball scientist
— Yann Martel
You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
— Yann Martel
I had to stop hoping so much that a ship would rescue me. I should not count on outside help. Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway's worst mistake is to hope too much and to do too little. Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one's life away.
tags: experience mistakes survival dreaming help attention hope
— Yann Martel
I find that movies tend to fix the aesthetics of a story in people's minds.
tags: movie mind stories
— Yann Martel
When the course of experience made me see that there is no saviour and no special grace, no remission beyond the human, that pain is to be endured and fades, if it fades, only with time, then God became nothing to me but a dyslexic dog, with neither bark nor bite.
tags: time pain experience grace human dog god
— Yann Martel
I have a fierce will to live. Others fight a little, then lose hope. Still others - and I am one of those - never give up. We fight and fight and fight. We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take, the improbability of success. We fight to the very end.
tags: live loss fight battle hope success
— Yann Martel
yann martel
Birth    : June 25, 1963
Occupation  : Author