Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel written by Canadian writer, Yann Martel, and published in 2001. The story is about a young man called Pi who survives a harrowing shipwreck and months in a lifeboat with a large Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The Book explores three major religions. Martel uses the protagonist’s survival story to pose questions about the meaning of life and the importance of both faith and reason.

It was adapted to a film directed by Ang Li in 2012, and it gained both of critical and commercial success, earning over US$609 million worldwide.

Today let’s look at some of the wonderful quotes from this story:

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.

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. I mock this skull. I look at it and I say, ‘You’ve got the wrong fellow. You may not believe in life, but I don’t believe in death. Move on!

All religions are true. I just want to love God.

You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.

The poor dear looked so humanly sick! It is a particularly funny thing to read human traits in animals, especially in apes and monkeys, where it is so easy. Simians are the clearest mirrors we have in the animal world.

I am not one given to projecting human traits and emotions onto animals, but many a time during that month in Brazil, looking up at sloths in repose, I felt I was in the presence of upside-down yogis deep in meditation or hermits deep in prayer, wise beings whose intense imaginative lives were beyond the reach of my scientific probing.

Hunger can change everything you thought you knew about yourself.

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.

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

Everything was screaming: the sea, the wind, my heart.

Above all, don’t lose hope.

Time to learn some sentence structures:

It is a particularly funny thing to read human traits in animals, especially in apes and monkeys, where it is so easy.

In this sentence, there is a structure: It is +adj. (+n.)+to do. This kind of sentence structure is often used to describe your feelings towards an action; whether it is interesting, sad, or unforgettable, etc. For example:

It was easier to get a good grade in primary school.

It is the most fantastic thing to travel around the world.

Please use this structure to write down your own sentences, and leave your comments down below. We are looking forward to your answers!

That’s all for today. See you all next time!