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Famous Quotes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Famous Quotes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel García Márquez opened up a realm of magical perspectives and some thought-provoking concepts with his books. Such was the magnitude of his words, that they shall resonate even after his death. Penlighten puts forth a small compilation of some of his famous quotes that you can revisit with nostalgia.
Penlighten Staff
Noteworthy Awards and Works
» Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, a renowned novelist, screenwriter, and journalist, was bestowed with the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
» His most notable works included One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, and Love in the Time of Cholera.
As Gabriel García Márquez (March 6, 1927 - April 17, 2014) departs to another life with another purpose, there is an important legacy that he left behind. This Nobel laureate drove his readers to push their imaginations, urged them to believe in a magical realism, and made them realize that A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
His intoxicating corpus of writings oscillate between a genre of roman à clé and magical realism. Through intertwined spectrum of writing styles, he opened a forum for discussion for people about love, passions, violence, and the idea of subjective truth. Famously and fondly called 'Gabo,' he gave literature some of the gems that will continue to be immortalized, as they will serve as inspiration to many over several years to come. Here is a careful selection of his quotes from his all-time classics and some from his personal account too.
Famous Quotes by Gabriel García Márquez
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No medicine cures what happiness cannot.
Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
― Love in the Time of Cholera
But if they had learned anything together, it was that wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.
― One Hundred Years of Solitude
A man of austere habits and insatiable illusions, with an old-fashioned formal education of cautious words and subdued tones, and incapable of conceiving any idea that is not colossal.
On Fidel Castro in One Hundred Years of Solitude
Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.
― Love in the Time of Cholera
He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.
― Love in the Time of Cholera
Sex is the consolation you have when you can't have love.
― Memories of My Melancholy Whores
The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.
― Memories of My Melancholy Whores
There is always something left to love.
― One Hundred Years of Solitude
Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.
― From a Personal Account
I say extraordinary things in an ordinary tone. It's possible to get away with ANYTHING as long as you make it believable.
― Interview with Playboy in 1983
The anxiety of falling in love could not find repose except in bed.
― One Hundred Years of Solitude
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One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship.
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Before adolescence, memory is more interested in the future than the past.
― Living to Tell the Tale
A falcon who chases a warlike crane can only hope for a life of pain.
― Chronicle of a Death Foretold
He had not stopped desiring her for a single instant. He found her in the dark bedrooms of captured towns, especially in the most abject ones, and he would make her materialize in the smell of dry blood on the bandages of the wounded, in the instantaneous terror of the danger of death, at all times and in all places. He had fled from her in an attempt to wipe out her memory, not only through distance but by means of a muddled fury that his companions at arms took to be boldness, but the more her image wallowed in the dunghill of war, the more the war resembled Amaranta. That was how he suffered in exile, looking for a way of killing her with his own death.
― One Hundred Years of Solitude
In the end all books are written for your friends. The problem after writing One Hundred Years of Solitude was that now I no longer know whom of the millions of readers I am writing for; this upsets and inhibits me. It's like a million eyes are looking at you and you don't really know what they think.
― Interview with Peter Stone, 1981
He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing, and that was how in the ripeness of autumn she began to believe once more in the youthful superstition that poverty was the servitude of love. Both looked back then on the wild revelry, the gaudy wealth, and the unbridled fornication as an annoyance and they lamented that it had cost them so much of their lives to find the paradise of shared solitude. Madly in love after so many years of sterile complicity, they enjoyed the miracle of living each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.
― One Hundred Years of Solitude
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burdens of the past.
― Love in the Time of Cholera
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All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.
―Gabriel García Márquez, A Life
I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy, love.
― Memories of My Melancholy Whores
My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house.
― Love in the Time of Cholera
But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.
― Love in the Time of Cholera
He who awaits much can expect little.
― No One Writes to the Colonel
Freedom is often the first casualty of war.
― The General In His Labyrinth
A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.
― The Autumn of the Patriarch
I never forgot her somber look as we were eating: Why were you so old when we met? I answered with the truth: Age isn't how old you are but how old you feel.
― Memories of My Melancholy Whores
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Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.― Gabriel García Márquez
These are not just words from his best-selling books, but thoughts that made Gabo the beloved author to many across the world. His fame was compared to that of Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. His career spanned over journalism, fantastical writing, and sharing opinions on matters of politics too. His friendship with Castro and the Clintons is well-known to the world. However, the facet that truly stands out is the power of his words that could unite the world, which was divided over wars and hatred with each other. Indeed, Gabo shall live forever and ever in our hearts with these words.