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    I'm still learning my craft.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: craft  learning 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: live  human  existence 
     
    'Life of Pi' was actually a very simple novel to write.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: novel  write 
     
    If a film project were available and the timing was right, I might be interested.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: right  timing  film 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: mind 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: young 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: animals  help  ideas  dentist 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: failure  book  write  success 
     
    The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: morals  stories 
     
    I am not an autobiographical writer.
    — Yann Martel
    I'm happy pretty well anywhere on this big, beautiful planet.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: beautiful 
     
    If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: children  failure  child 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: fashion  true  political  book 
     
    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?
    — Yann Martel
    tags: mind  book  write  dance 
     
    May books spread the world over!
    — Yann Martel
    tags: world  book 
     
    You can't quantify human pain the way you can measure out sugar. Death comes one individual at a time.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: death  time  pain  human 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: hurt  moment  goodbye 
     
    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...
    — Yann Martel
    tags: death  beautiful 
     
    My gratitude to him is as boundless as the Pacific ocean.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: gratitude  ocean 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: men  women  reality  human  crazy  wild  sex  ideas 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: nature 
     
    As much as I love movies, it would be presumptuous of me to think that I know how to make one.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: movie 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: pain 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: live  world  beautiful  garden 
     
    I love Canada...It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: people  bad 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: animals  mind 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: time  illusion 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: men  people  women  questions  sexual 
     
    To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: doubt  philosophy 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: sex  mind  chess  baseball  scientist 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    I find that movies tend to fix the aesthetics of a story in people's minds.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: movie  mind  stories 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: time  pain  experience  grace  human  dog  god 
     
    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.
    — Yann Martel
    tags: live  loss  fight  battle  hope  success 
     
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    yann martel
    Birth    : June 25, 1963
    Occupation  : Author