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150 Inspiring Quotes by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Wikipedia Summary for Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel García Márquez (American Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjel ɣaɾˈsi.a ˈmaɾkes]; 6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo [ˈɡaβo] or Gabito [ɡaˈβito] throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, particularly in the Spanish language, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958 he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

García Márquez started as a journalist and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success.

Upon García Márquez's death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, called him "the greatest Colombian who ever lived."

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If men gave birth, they'd be less inconsiderate.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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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.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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It was the year they fell into devastating love. Neither one could do anything except think about the other, dream about the other, and wait for letters with the same impatience they felt when they answered them.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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For those who may be hurting over lost love:
Don't cry because it is over... smile because it happened.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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"Things have a life of their own," the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. "It's simply a matter of waking up their souls."

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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I discovered the miracle that all things that sound are music, including the dishes and silverware in the dishwasher, as long as they fulfill the illusion of showing us where life is heading.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Let me stay here," he said. "There was soap.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Florentina Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months and eleven days and nights. 'Forever,' he said.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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The first of the line is tied to a tree and the last is being eaten by the ants .

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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It was a love of perpetual flight.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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And both of them remained floating in an empty universe where the only everyday and eternal reality was love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Nobody is worth crying for, and those that are worth it will not make you cry.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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She had never imagined that curiosty was one of the many masks of love .

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez



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Shame has poor memory.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez



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I must try and break through the cliches about Latin America. Superpowers and other outsiders have fought over us for centuries in ways that have nothing to do with our problems. In reality we are all alone.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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'You can't eat hope,' the woman said. 'You can't eat it, but it sustains you,' the colonel replied.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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It was a lone voice in the middle of the ocean, but it was heard at great depth and great distance.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez



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No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Over the years they both reached the same wise conclusion by different paths: it was not possible to live together in any other way, or love in any other way, and nothing in this world was more difficult than love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Then the writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez




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Surrealism runs through the streets.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Curiosity is one of the many masks of love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

None

At some point, you no longer feel pain. Sensation disappears and reason is dulled, until you lose all grasp of time and place.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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A famous writer who wants to continue writing has to be constantly defending himself against fame.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The only thing worse than bad health is a bad name.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Life is not what one lived, but what One remembers and how One remembers it in order to recount it.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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There's no greater misfortune than dying alone.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied with the adaptation of their books for the screen.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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The spirit of her invincible heart guided her through the shadows.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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There was a house at the foot of the tower, close to the thunder of the waves breaking against the cliffs, where love was more intense because it seemed like a shipwreck.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Fernanda, on the other hand, looked for it in vain along the paths of her everyday itinerary without knowing that the search for lost things is hindered by routine habits and that is why it is so difficult to find them.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Become a better person and be sure to know who you are, before meeting someone new and hoping that person knows who you are.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The anxiety of falling in love could not find repose except in bed.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


None

She knew that he loved her above all else, more than anything in the world, but only for his own sake.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Tell him,' the colonel said, smiling, 'that a person doesn't die when he should but when he can.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Children's lies are signs of great talent.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Life is but a continual succession of opportunities for surviving.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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It was a meditation on life, love, old age, death: ideas that had often fluttered around her head like nocturnal birds but dissolved into a trickle of feathers when she tried to catch hold of them.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He thought that the world would make more rapid progress without the burden of old people.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez



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I'll never fall in love again... it's like having two souls at the same time.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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The truth is that the first changes are so slow they pass almost unnoticed, and you go on seeing yourself as you always were, from the inside, but others observe you from the outside.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship!

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He thought about his people without sentimentalily, with a strick closing of his accounts with life, beginning to understand how much he really loved the people he hated the most.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

I can't think of any one film that improved on a good novel, but I can think of many good films that came from very bad novels.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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An artisan without memories, whose only dream was to die of fatigue in the oblivion and misery of his little gold fishes.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

green grass field

He said that love was an emotion contra natura that condemned two strangers to a base and unhealthy dependence, and the more intense it was, the more ephemeral.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez



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Sex is the consolation you have when you can't have love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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But that afternoon he asked himself, with his infinite capacity for illusion, if such pitiless indifference might not be a subterfuge for hiding the torments of love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stonecutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, than a poet.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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What does he say?' he asked. 'He's very sad,' Úrsula answered, ‘because he thinks that you're going to die.' 'Tell him,' the colonel said, smiling, 'that a person doesn't die when he should but when he can.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

woman standing on forest

When one reaches absolute power, one loses total contact with reality.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Never stop smiling not even when you're sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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But he only found her in the image that saturated his private and terrible solitude.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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If God hadn't rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

cloudy sky

A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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In the end all books are written for your friends.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Longer Version:

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.




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He shook my hand and said goodbye with a sentence that might have been either good advice or a threat: "Take good care of yourself.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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I want the same one, the way she always is, without failures, without fights, without bad memories.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

red flowers under the blue sky

And realized that death was not only a permanent probability, as he had always believed, but an immediate reality.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Thus they went on living in a reality that was slipping away, momentarily captured by words, but which would escape irremediably when they forgot the values of the written letters.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


yellow flower field under clear sky

This was when I heard that the first symptom of old age is when you begin to resemble your father.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The bells of glory that announced to the world the good news that the uncountable time of eternity had come to an end.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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And the two of them loved each other for a long time in silence without making love again.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Jose Palacios, his oldest servant, found him floating naked with his eyes open in the purifying waters of his bath and thought he had drowned.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He dared to explore her withered neck w his fingertips…her hips w their decaying bones, her thighs with their aging veins.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez





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Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Santiago Nasar had often told me that the smell of closed-in flowers had an immediate relation to death for him.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He did not dare to console her, knowing that it would have been like consoling a tiger run thru by a spear.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Everything that goes into my mouth seems to make me fat, everything that comes out of my mouth embarrasses me.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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One of the most difficult things is the first paragraph. I have spent many months on a first paragraph, and once I get it, the rest just comes out very easily.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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A falcon who chases a warlike crane can only hope for a life of pain.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Four geological eras had to pass so that human beings would be able to outsing the birds and die for love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

lion on green grass during golden hour

It was then that she realized that the yellow butterflies preceded the appearances of Mauricio Babilonia.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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He was healthier than the rest of us, but when you listened with the stethoscope you could hear the tears bubbling inside his heart.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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She nailed it to the wall with her well-aimed dart, like a butterfly with no will whose sentence has always been written.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy, love.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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I must warn you that the books I like are not necessarily the ones I think are the best. I like them for various reasons not always easy to explain.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Most fatal diseases had their own specific odor, but ... none was as specific as old age.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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He was weary of the uncertainty of the vicious circle of that eternal war that always found him in the same place, but always older, wearier, even more in the position of not knowing why, or how, or even when.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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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.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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He always considered death an unavoidable professional hazard.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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If you're going to be a writer you have to be one of the great ones... After all, there are better ways to starve to death.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

blue wall during daytime

Surrealism comes from the reality of Latin America.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

brown mountains under blue sky

The fact is that being seductive is an addiction that can never be satisfied.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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One can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the sorrow with each, and not betray any of them.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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When you have a healthy appetite there is no such thing as bad bread.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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