Quotes and Notes from Life of Pi

Might contain spoilers.

“And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge.”

“He became my favourite teacher at Petit Seminaire and the reason I studied zoology at the University of Toronto. I felt a kinship with him. It was my first clue that atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them—and then they leap.”

“The obsession of putting ourselves at the centre of everything is the bane not only of theologians but also of zoologists.”

“What a downright weird story. What peculiar psychology.”

“If Hinduism flows placidly like the Ganges, then Christianity bustles like Toronto at rush hour.”

There is a scene where Pi’s three religious mentors meet him and his parents at once. The three religious men have a kind of argument over which of them Pi belongs to. This scene is kind of ridiculous and impossible to believe. Do people read a passage like this and believe that learned, spiritual men would have such an argument over a child in front of that child’s parents?

“The story with animals is the better story.”
“Thank you. And so it goes with God.”

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