Quotes by 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."

"To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation."

"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. 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."

"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..."

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


Books by Yann Martel

  • Life of Pi
  • 1,394,865 ratings
  • August 29th 2006 by Seal Books

    (first published September 11th 2001)

  • Self
  • 2,741 ratings
  • April 7th 2003 by Faber Faber

    (first published 1996)

  • Dog Boy
  • 1,857 ratings
  • February 24th 2016 by Text Publishing Company

    (first published 2009)

Yann Martel
  • Yann Martel

  • Date of birth: June 25, 1963
  • Born: in Salamanca, Spain.

  • Description: Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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