"Every book I've written has been a different attempt to understand something, and the success or failure of the previous one is irrelevant. I write the book I want."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Yann Martel on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Yann Martel on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Yann Martel on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Yann Martel on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Yann Martel on Steve Jobs
"If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure."
"I love Canada. It's a wonderful political act of faith that exists atop a breathtakingly beautiful land."
"Fanatics do not have faith - they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling."
"Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction."
"I'm still learning my craft."