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Louie’s older brother, Pete is always responsible and mature. As a boy, Pete was wise beyond his years, guiding Louie out of his youthful rebellion, focusing Louie towards the running careers that would ultimately bring Louie to the 1936 Olympics. During the war, Pete’s unshakable optimism makes him believe that his younger brother is still alive.

Pete Zamperini Quotes in Unbroken

The Unbroken quotes below are all either spoken by Pete Zamperini or refer to Pete Zamperini . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Random House edition of Unbroken published in 2010.
Chapter 4 Quotes

He found himself thinking of Pete, and of something that he had said as they had sat on their bed years earlier: A lifetime of glory is worth a moment of pain. Louie thought: Let go.

Related Characters: Louis “Louie” Zamperini , Pete Zamperini
Page Number: 35
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Louie gets a surge of confidence just before he competes in the Olympic Games. Louie is worried that he'll do poorly in the games because he's gained weight and because he has little experience with international athletics. Still, he remembers the advice his brother gave him: in essence, it's worthwhile to sacrifice one's happiness in the short term if the payoff is big enough. Louie is talented at "playing through pain" in order to ensure a victory.

The passage is a good example of the way that Louie finds encouragement in the most unlikely of places. Like so many successful people, Louie is an optimist at heart, someone who finds the courage to be great even when others don't think he'll succeed. The passage also foreshadows the way Louie will sacrifice his own happiness for a greater good during World War II.

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Pete Zamperini Character Timeline in Unbroken

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Chapter 1: The One-Boy Insurgency
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...darkness of an August 1929 morning, Louis “Louie” Zamperini, then twelve-years-old, and his older brother Pete watch the German airship, the Graf Zeppelin, pass over their house. The size of two... (full context)
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Pete Zamperini, Louie’s older brother by two years, was everything Louie was not. Pete treated adults... (full context)
Chapter 2: Run Like Mad
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Hoping sports will channel Louie’s energies into a more socially acceptable activity, Pete convinces him to join the track team. Louie only agrees so that he can impress... (full context)
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...else live in absolute poverty. His parents welcome him home and he begins training with Pete in earnest. (full context)
Chapter 4: Plundering Germany
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Also falling behind, Louie remembers advice that Pete gave to him as a boy: a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Flying Coffin
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...bombardier. After graduating from training, he drives to Torrance to say goodbye to his family. Pete, a navy chief petty officer in San Diego, comes home to see his brother off.... (full context)
Chapter 21: Belief
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Training naval recruits in San Diego, Pete feels the stress of not knowing about Louie’s situation wearing on him and he travels... (full context)
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...paper to ask them not to print the notice. In the Zamperini household, Anthony and Pete make plans during family meals to search the islands of the Pacific after the war,... (full context)
Chapter 25: B-29
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...likely alive. Hearing this news, Louise and Sylvia dissolve into tears and shouts of joy. Pete calls Louie’s friend Payton Jordon and shouts into the phone: “Payt! He’s alive!” (full context)
Chapter 33: Mother’s Day
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Louie travels to a military hospital in San Diego where he meets Pete, who looks gaunt and haggard from the stress of worrying about Louie for all these... (full context)