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Life of Pi

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

Suffering Quotes

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Quote #10

High calls low and low calls high. I tell you, if you were in such dire straits as I was, you too would elevate your thoughts. The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar. It was natural that, bereft as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God. (2.93.2)

Pi turns to God at one of the lowest points of his Pacific crossing. Because Pi focuses on the low (or suffering) calling to the high (or God), it's easy to overlook the first sentence of this quote: "High calls to low [...]." In the code Pi's speaking that means God also calls to the sufferer.

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