Inspirational Yann Martel Quotes

Yann Martel (born 25 June 1963) is a Canadian author. Below is a list of Inspirational Yann Martel Quotes.

Yann Martel is best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi. Life of Pi became number one international bestseller and got published in more than 50 territories.

Yann Martel Quotes

Yann Martel Quotes
Yann Martel Quotes

“Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.”
― Yann Martel

“Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?”
― Yann Martel

“I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order.”
― Yann Martel

“We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.”
― Yann Martel

“The presence of God is the finest of rewards.”
― Yann Martel

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
― Yann Martel

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.”
― Yann Martel

“My feelings can perhaps be imagined, but they can hardly be described.”
― Yann Martel

“I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.”
― Yann Martel

“Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.”
― Yann Martel

“These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves.”
― Yann Martel quotes

“For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.”
― Yann Martel

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

“When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”
― Yann Martel

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease.”
― Yann Martel

“The paths to liberation are numerous, but the bank along the way is always the same, the Bank of Karma, where the liberation account of each of us is credited or debited depending on our actions.”
― 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.”
― Yann Martel

“You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better.”
― Yann Martel

“It is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing.”
― Yann Martel

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
― Yann Martel

“That’s what fiction is about, isn’t it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence?”
― Yann Martel

“Why do people move? What makes them uproot and leave everything they’ve known for a great unknown beyond the horizon? The answer is the same the world over: people move in the hope of a better life.”
― Yann Martel

“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.”
― 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.”
― 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.”
― Yann Martel quotes

“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

“It begins in your mind, always so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
― Yann Martel

“It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I’ve made none the champion.”
― Yann Martel

“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.”
― Yann Martel

“Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart.”
― Yann Martel

“I was giving up. I would have given up – if a voice hadn’t made itself heard in my heart. The voice said “I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are.”
― Yann Martel

“My greatest wish — other than salvation — was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One I could read again and again, with new eyes and a fresh understanding each time.”
― Yann Martel

“I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. The pain is like an axe that chops my heart.”
― Yann Martel

“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
― Yann Martel

“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

“Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness–how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view of things? This peephole is all I’ve got!”
― Yann Martel

“If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?”
― Yann Martel

“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
― Yann Martel

“To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures who people the tree of your life and give it new branches.”
― Yann Martel

“Life on a lifeboat isn’t much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn’t be more simple, nor the stakes higher.”
― Yann Martel

“To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you. It is like losing–I’m sorry, I would rather not go on.”
― Yann Martel

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  1. His books are amazing – I just finished The High Mountains of Portugal and the exchange in the middle story about the comparison between Jesus and the gospels and Agatha Christies novels was just brilliant. I love this collection of quotes.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these! My husband’s favorite Martel quote: “Life is a story… You can choose your story… A story with God is the better story.

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