The single most popular post on this whole computer-centric blog has absolutely nothing to do with computers. By far achieving the highest hit count, Life of Pi Quotes enumerates my favorite quotes from the book Life of Pi. Readers have commented with quotes of their own but by example, I feel like some readers may be missing the point of my quotes. The two quotes I chose as favorites are not intended to just highlight pretty lyrics, but to reflect some of my philosophical views in a clear and concise way. The first quote I chose,
“…for the Greater Good and the Greater Profit are not compatible aims…” (Martel, 78)
reflects my opinion that it is very hard to make a living out of service. Specifically, getting a job in purely open-source programming is hard. Lucky for me, things are rapidly changing and this does not seem to be the case anymore. One does not have to choose between serving others and living for himself.
The second quote I chose,
“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” (Martel, 28)
is a great way of saying that being agnostic in any views you have is ridiculous. I feel that, based on even a sliver of knowledge, that one should be able to form an opinion on that and therefore should be able to defend a side. Saying that we can never know, for example, if God exists or not, is not good reason to say that we should simply not bother thinking about it.
To contrast with a reader’s quote,
“All about was flatness and infinity, an endless panorama of blue.”
which is indeed pretty lyrics but, to me, says nothing more than “the sky is infinite.”
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