Few more book notes

… as I finished “The life of Pi” (the rest of the notes here)

– on fear:

“It is life’s true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary […] It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy.”

“So you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”

– on faith

“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.”

“Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe ask any believer.”

– simple life principle, but nice to read it again

“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.”

– re-inventing life

“Isn’t telling about something […] already something of an invention? Isn’t just looking upon this world already something of an invention? […] 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 a life a story?”

– and this one put a big smile on my face.

a whale:
“Oh! It’s that castaway with the pussy cat Bamphoo was telling me about. Poor boy. Hope he has enough plankton. I must tell Mumphoo and Tomphoo and Stimphoo about him. I wonder if there isn’t a ship around I could alert. His mother would be very happy to see him again. Goodbye, my boy. I’ll try to help. My name is Pimphoo.”

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