"How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally - certainly with my secular background - the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Yann Martel on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Yann Martel on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Yann Martel on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Yann Martel on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Yann Martel on Albert Camus
"If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure."
"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."
"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."