All Time Famous Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo or Gabito 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 Pardo; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

Gabriel García Márquez started as a journalist and gained fame for his magical realist novels like “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. His works, often set in the fictional Macondo, explored solitude and achieved immense critical and commercial success. He’s considered the most translated Spanish-language author and was hailed as “the greatest Colombian who ever lived” upon his death.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

1. “Only God knows how much I love you.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

2. “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

3. “Everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life, and a secret life.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

4. “Never stop smiling not even when you’re sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

5. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

6. “No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

7. “The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

8. “Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

9. “It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

10. “There is no greater glory than to die for love.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

11. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

12. “There is always something left to love.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

13. “Don’t struggle so much, the best things happen when not expected.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

14. “The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

15. “Wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

16. “The spirit of her invincible heart guided her through the shadows.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

17. “El secreto de una buena vejez no es mas que un pacto honrado con la soledad.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

18. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

19. “A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

20. “The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

21. “Do not allow me to forget you.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

22. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

23. “It had to teach her to think of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end it itself.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

24. “If you love something – let. If it is yours – it will come back. I love you not because of who you are, but for who I am when I’m with you.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

25. “No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

26. “She was lost in her longing to understand.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

27. “Be calm. God awaits you at the door.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

28. “Sex is one’s consolation when love is not enough.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

29. “Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

30. “Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

31. “Morality, too, is a question of time.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

32. “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

33. “To oppression, plundering, and abandonment, we respond with life.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

34. “Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

35. “Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale…”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

36. “Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

37. “I have never done anything except write, but I don’t possess the vocation or talents of a narrator, have no knowledge at all of the laws of dramatic composition, and if I have embarked upon this enterprise it is because I trust in the light shed by how much I have read in my life.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

38. “You can’t eat hope,? the woman said. You can’t eat it, but it sustains you,? the colonel replied.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

39. “Today, when I saw you, I realized that what is between us is nothing more than an illusion.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

40. “If God hadn’t rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

41. “Cease, cows, life is short.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

42. “I have learned that a man has the right and obligation to look down at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the ground.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

43. “They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

44. “Love becomes greater and nobler in calamity.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

45. “For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dying.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

46. “She likes to try everything, out of curiosity, but she’ll be sorry if she isn’t guided by her heart.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

47. “He really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

48. “Those who wanted to sleep, not from fatigue but because of the nostalgia of dreams…”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

49. “I think just the opposite is true: love is an ideology for eternal militants, and the more misfortunes life tries to burden us with, the more essential love becomes.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

50. “Give me a prejudice and I will move the world.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

51. “Most critics don’t realize that a novel like One Hundred Years of Solitude is a bit of a joke, full of signals to close friends; and so, with some pre-ordained right to pontificate they take on the responsibility of decoding the book and risk making terrible fools of themselves.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

52. “The first of the line is tied to a tree and the last is being eaten by the ants .”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

53. “Shame has poor memory.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

54. “Nobody is worth crying for, and those that are worth it will not make you cry.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

55. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

56. “The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

57. “When one reaches absolute power, one loses total contact with reality.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

58. “Music is important for one’s health.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

59. “It’s much more important to write than to be written about.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

60. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

61. “How strange women are.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

62. “A man should have two wives: one to love and one to sew on his buttons.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

63. “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.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

64. “A man only has the right to look down at another when he helps him to lift himself up.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

65. “A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

66. “A falcon who chases a warlike crane can only hope for a life of pain.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

67. “He who awaits much can expect little.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

68. “Once again she shuddered with the evidence that time was not passing, as she had just admitted, but that it was turning in a circle.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

69. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

70. “Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

71. “Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

72. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

73. “I would not have traded the delights of my suffering for anything in the world.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

74. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

75. “It is life, more than death, that has no limits.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

76. “He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stone cutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, than a poet.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

77. “Even when the winds of misfortune blow, amazing things can still happen.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

78. “He would wake for no reason in the middle of the night, and the memory of the self-absorbed love was revealed to him for what it was: a pitfall of happiness that he despised and desired at the same time, but from which it was impossible to escape.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

79. “Love does not die, when someone gets old, people get old, because they can not love anymore.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

80. “Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

81. “A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

82. “I’ve remained a virgin for you.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

83. “She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

84. “She let him finish, scratching his head with the tips of her fingers, and without his having revealed that he was weeping from love, she recognized immediately the oldest sobs in the history of man.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

85. “The only Virgos left in the world are people like you who were born in August.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

86. “Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

87. “Hate and love are reciprocal passions.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

88. “Fatality makes us invisible.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

89. “She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

90. “Just because someone does not love you as you want, it does not mean that you do not love with all his being.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

91. “I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy, love.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

92. “The only thing worse than bad health is a bad name.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

93. “This soup tastes like windows.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

94. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

95. “Her heart of compressed ash, which had resisted the most telling blows of daily reality without strain, fell apart with the first waves of nostalgia.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

96. “For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

97. “As I kissed her the heat of her body increased, and it exhaled a wild, untamed fragrance.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

98. “The anxiety of falling in love could not find repose except in bed.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

99. “At some point, you no longer feel pain. Sensation disappears and reason is dulled until you lose all grasp of time and place.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

100. “Make no mistake: peaceful madmen are ahead of the future.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

101. “As a writer, I’m merely a journalist who has learned to write better than others.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

102. “Thinking that it would console him, she took a piece of charcoal and erased the innumerable loves that he still owed her for, and she voluntarily brought up her own most solitary sadnesses so as not to leave him alone in his weeping.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

103. “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 Garcí­a Márquez

104. “It was the time when they loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

105. “He did not dare to console her, knowing that it would have been like consoling a tiger run thru by a spear.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

106. “Death really did not matter to him but life did, and therefore the sensation he felt when they gave their decision was not a feeling of fear but of nostalgia.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

107. “The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror; the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

108. “There was no sleeper more elegant than she, with her curved body posed for a dance and her hand across her forehead, but there was also no one more ferocious when anyone disturbed the sensuality of her thinking she was still asleep when she no longer was.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

109. “We’ll grow old waiting.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

110. “In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

111. “The people of the United States are one of the people I most admire in the world. The only thing I don’t understand is why a country that manages to do so well cannot do better in choosing its president.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

112. “She had the revelation one Sunday that while the other instruments played for everyone the violen played for her alone .”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

113. “For a week I did not take off my mechanic’s coverall day or night I did not bathe or shave or brush my teeth because love taught me too late that you groom yourself for someone you dress and perfume yourself for someone and I’d never had anyone to do that for.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

114. “He pleaded so much that he lost his voice. His bones began to fill with words.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

115. “More than mother and son, they were accomplices in solitude.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

116. “I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

117. “The people one loves should take all their things with them when they die.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

118. “There is bound to be someone driven mad by love who will give you the chance to study the effects of gold cyanide on a cadaver. And when you do find one, observe with care, they almost always have crystals in their heart.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

119. “One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship!”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

120. “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.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

121. “Each man is master of his own death, and all that we can do when the time comes is to help him die without fear of pain.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

122. “An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

123. “A person does not belong to a place until there is someone dead under the ground.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

124. “Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can, because these things don’t last your whole life.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

125. “It was then that she realized that the yellow butterflies preceded the appearances of Mauricio Babilonia.”
— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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