Life of Pi is an adventure novel that dives into topics like philosophy and religion. Some of its most impactful lines are in the Life of Pi quotes below.
Have you ever read Life of Pi?
Life of Pi was written by author Yann Marten and published in 2001. The story centers around a narrator retelling his life story–including being shipwrecked with a tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
The novel has sold over 10 million copies since its initial publication almost twenty years ago.
A film adaptation was released in 2012. The movie was directed by Ang Lee and starred newcomer Suraj Sharma as Pi.
The film became a commercial and critical success. It won four Academy Awards (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song.)
Take another adventure with Pi through the quotes below.
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Powerful Life of Pi quotes
1. “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?” – Yann Martel
2. “We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.” – Yann Martel
3. “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
4. “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
5. “Gloom is but a shadow of a cloud passing by.” – Yann Martel
6. “Blessed be shock. Blessed be the part of us that protects us from too much pain and sorrow. At the heart of life is a fusebox.” – Yann Martel
7. “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
8. “I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.” – Yann Martel
9. “Can there be any happiness greater than the happiness of salvation?” – Yann Martel
10. “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
11. “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
12. “Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.” – Yann Martel
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13. “The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.” ― Yann Martel
14. “Repetition is important in the training not only of animals but also of humans.” – Yann Martel
15. “With the very first rays of light it came alive in me: hope. As things emerged in outline and filled with colour, hope increased until it was like a song in my heart.” – Yann Martel
16. “The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.” – Yann Martel
17. “I can only tell my story, what you believe is up to you.” – Yann Martel
18. “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
Life of Pi quotes about survival
19. “I had no idea a living being could sustain so much injury and go on living.” – Yann Martel
20. “Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.” – Yann Martel
21. “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 Marte
22. “When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.” – Yann Martel
23. “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
24. “Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.” – Yann Martel
25. “Something in me did not want to give up on life, was unwilling to let go, wanted to fight to the very end. Where that part of me got the heart, I don’t know.” – Yann Martel
26. “We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take, the improbability of success. We fight to the very end. It is not the question of courage. It is something constitutional, an ability to let go. It may be nothing more than life-hungry stupidity.” ― Yann Martel
27. “Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little.” ― Yann Martel
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Life of Pi quotes about religion
28. “And so it goes with God.” – Yann Martel
29. “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
30. “Religion is more than rite and ritual.” ― Yann Martel
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31. “Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, he was watching. Even when he seemed indifferent to my suffering, he was watching. And when I was beyond all hope of saving, he gave me rest. Then he gave me a sign to continue my journey.” – Yann Martel
32. “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. 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
33. “I cannot think of a better way to spread the faith. No thundering from a pulpit, no condemnation from bad churches, no peer pressure, just a book of scripture quietly waiting to say hello, as gentle and powerful as a little girl’s kiss on your cheek.” – Yann Martel
34. “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.” – Yann Martel
35. “Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen.” – Yann Martel
36. “The presence of God is the finest of rewards.” – Yann Martel
Life of Pi quotes about death
37. “The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity; it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.” – Yann Martel
38. “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
39. “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
40. “Oncoming death is terrible enough, but worse still is oncoming death with time to spare, time in which all the happiness that was yours and all the happiness that might have been yours becomes clear to you. You see with utter lucidity all that you are losing.” – Yann Martel
Life of Pi quotes from the movie
41. “Above all: don’t lose hope.” – Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma)
42. “Believing in everything at once is the same thing as believing in nothing.” – Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain)
43. “Animals don’t think like we do! People who forget that get themselves killed. When you look into an animal’s eyes, you are seeing your own emotions reflected back at you, and nothing else.” – Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain)
44. “Hunger can change everything you thought you knew about yourself.” – Adult Pi Patel (Gautam Belur)
45. “Without Richard Parker, I would have died by now. My fear of him keeps me alert. Tending to his needs gives my life purpose.” – Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma)
46. “Thank you Lord Vishnu. Thank you for coming in the form of a fish and saving our lives. Thank you.” – Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma)
47. “Spectacle. Don’t let the stories and pretty lights fool you. Boys, religion is darkness.” – Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain)
48. “I can eat the biscuits, but God made tigers carnivorous, so I must learn to catch fish. If I don’t, I’m afraid his last meal would be a skinny vegetarian boy.” – Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma)
49. “Words are all I have left to hang on to. Everything’s all mixed up, fragmented, can’t tell daydreams, nightdreams from reality anymore.” – Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma)
50. “A mouthful of water will not harm you, but panic will.” – Mamaji (Elie Alouf)
How easily can you adapt to change?
In Life of Pi, Pi is thrust into a life-or-death situation where he must adapt quickly. That’s the core of surviving: figuring out how to adapt with little preparation.
Whenever I watch Life of Pi, I always wonder how I would react in a similar situation. But, you never know how you will act until it happens to you.
Pi survived by prioritizing basic human needs (food, water, shelter), even if it meant going against his beliefs. For example, even though he was a life-long vegetarian he had to eat fish. It takes immense strength to dismiss panic and choose to put all of your effort into survival.
Which of these Life of Pi quotes and lines is your favorite? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!