“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
I’m finally halfway through Life of Pi. I had no idea it would take so long. I feel like I’m just slogging through. There’s so much good stuff in here though. Case in point, the following quotes:
“To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures to people the tree of your life and give it new branches. To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing hte sun above you. It is like losing —- I’m sorry, I would rather not go on.”
“I speak in all modesty as I say this, but I discovered at that moment that I have a fierce will to live. It’s not something evident, in my experience. Some of us give up on life with only a resigned sigh. Others fight a little, then lose hope. Still ohters — and I am one of those—never give up. We fight and fight and fight. We fight no matter the cost of battle, the losses we take, the improbability of success. We fight to the every end. It’s not a question of courage. It’s something constitutional, an inability to let go. It may be nothing more than life-hungry stupidity”.
“For fear, real fear, such as shakes you to your foundation, such as you feel when you are brought face to face with your mortal end, nestles in your memory like a gangrene: it seeks to rot everything, even the words with which to speak of it. So you mst 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 ot forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
BOOM! *drop mic, walk off stage*