Yann Martel Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old yann martel quotes, yann martel sayings, and yann martel proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love but sometimes it was so hard to love.     

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It's amazing how willpower can build walls.     

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Zoo is an artificial territory, an approximation. Civilization is our natural territory.     

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Much hostile and aggressive behaviour among animals is the expression of social insecurity.     

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Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can get.     

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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.     

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He's a shy man. Life has taught him not to show off what is most precious to him.     

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What a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell.     

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Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.     

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The presence of God is the finest of rewards.     

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If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.     

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My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.     

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We are all born like Catholics...in limbo, without religion.     

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My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.     

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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. 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.     

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

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