Life of Pi Movie Quotes

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"Life of Pi" movie quotes take viewers along as the title character of Pi relives his fantastical adventures. The drama film, which was released in 3D on November 21, 2012, was directed by Ang Lee based on the book of the same name by Yann Martel. David Magee adapted the screenplay into the film which earned 11 Academy Award nominations including for Best Picture.

In "Life of Pi," Pi Patel, a middle aged man in Canada is approached by a writer who is eager to hear of this miraculous tale of adventure Pi has experienced. Pi narrates as he revisits the journey of a lifetime, starting when he was a young child. Pi was raised in India at his family's zoo and was always an optimist, especially with the wildlife at the zoo. This however was tested when tragedy struck.

Pi was 16 years old when his family decided to move to Canada, shipping all of the zoo animals on a boat with them. The boat sank, killing his entire family and most of the animals. Left with Pi was only a Bengal tiger in a life boat. Remaining always hopeful, Pi not only survived 227 days at sea with the tiger but developed a relationship with the fearless beast along the way.

"Life of Pi" was just one of many winter 2012-13 movies that received significant praise come awards season. Other top films of the season included "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "Playing for Keeps," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Red Dawn," "Chasing Mavericks," "Rise of the Guardians," "Argo," and "Looper."

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    My Greatest Journey

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    Writer: "I was sitting at this coffeehouse and this old man sitting at the table next to me struck up a conversation. He said you had an amazing story."
    Pi: "Let's see then, where to begin? I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It was a time filled with wonder that I'll always remember. But when my family chose to move out zoo halfway around the world, that is when my greatest journey began."

    As he provides an overview of his miraculous tale to the writer, Pi explains how his most amazing experiences came after much tragedy but taught him so many life lessons.

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    God Made Tigers Carnivorous

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    Pi: "I can eat biscuits, but God made tigers carnivorous, so I must learn to catch fish. If don't, I'm afraid his last meal would be a skinny vegetarian boy."

    Pi realizes that in order to survive, he must make sure Richard Parker, the tiger, survives as well and that means catching fish to feed to the tiger.

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    A Fish

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    Pi: "Thank you, Lord Vishnu. Thank you for coming in the form of a fish and saving our lives."

    Pi thanks Lord Vishnu, a Hindu God, for helping him catch the fish. Though he did not eat the fish, he did feed it to the tiger so the tiger would not eat him, essentially saving both of their lives.

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    Courage and Endurance

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    Writer: "Mr. Patel's is an astounding story, courage and endurance unparalleled in the history of ship-wrecks. Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger."

    As the writer explains, Pi Patel's story is one for the ages. He overcame what most could never, all while doing so in the company of a fierce beast.

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    Richard Parker

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    Pi: "Richard Parker, come out you have to see this! It's beautiful!"

    Someone unfamiliar with the story might think that Pi was talking to a person named Richard Parker but alas, that is the name of his tiger friend.

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    Letting Go

    Pi: "I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. 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."

    Pi reflects on the loss of his family and how in life you have to let go to things. He does however wish he had a chance to say goodbye to his parents.

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    Pi: "Faith is a house with many rooms."
    Writer: "But no room for doubt?"
    Pi: "Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested."

    Pi reflects on his relationship with religion. He was raised Hindu but later began following Christianity and Islam after being introduced to them as well.

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    Which Story

    Pi: "So which story do you prefer?"
    Writer: "The one with the tiger. That's the better story."
    Pi: "Thank you. And so it goes with God."
    Writer: "It's an amazing story."

    Pi and the writer talk about the two different versions of his story, the real one and the dumbed down one he was urged to tell the insurance investigators. In the end, both he and the writer agree to use the real version.

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    Pissing Everywhere

    Pi: "With one word, my name went from an elegant French swimming pool to a stinking Indian latrine - I was pissing everywhere."

    Pi explains why he chose to change his name from Piscine to simply Pi. Originally he was named after a French swimming pool but he was teased for Piscine sounding like pissing and made the change.

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    An Animal, Not a Playmate

    Santosh: "You think tiger is your friend, he is an animal, not a playmate."
    Pi: "Animals have souls... I have seen it in their eyes."

    While still in their Indian zoo, Pi attempts to prove that the tiger is not a threat but learns the hard way that tigers are dangerous. Still, he sees, or wants to see, that the tiger too has a kind soul.

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    Pi: "If every unfolding we experience takes us further along in life, then, we are truly experiencing what life is offering."

    Keeping an optimistic, open mind as always, Pi sees his experiences as progress rather than setbacks as for him, life is about experiencing all there is in the world, not only the positive aspects.

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    Pi: "Above all: don't lose hope."

    Being stranded in the middle of the ocean after losing all of your family in a shipwreck, plus having to take care of a tiger who may or may not eat you next is a situation where most would give into the pressure and give up. Not Pi. He never lost hope and survived miraculously.

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    Bananas Don't Float

    Insurance Investigator: "Bananas don't float. You said the orangutan floated to you in a bundle of bananas, but bananas don't float."

    After his amazing journey, Pi is interrogated by an insurance investigator. The investigator does not believe the tale and begins picking apart all of the details in what he thinks is a lie.

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    Pi: "Hunger can change everything you thought you knew yourself!"

    In a simple moment of reflection, Pi remarks of the lengths one can go in the face of surviving. In his instance, it was hunger that allowed him to see his true self.

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    Like Columbus

    Santosh: "We are going to Canada, North America. We will sail like Columbus."
    Pi: "But Columbus was looking for India!"

    Pi's father, Santosh, discusses their upcoming trip. They are moving to Canada, something that will involve a ocean voyage, almost like Columbus' mission to America, almost.

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    I Surrender

    Pi: "I surrender. What more do you want?"

    Pi reaches a breaking point where he feels that he can no longer go on and surrenders. Despite admitting defeat, Pi finds the strength to continue.

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