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Gabriel García Márquez: 15 Essential Quotes

The Nobel Prize-winning author died today at 87

April 17, 2014, 4:00 pm


acondo and the world of literature mourns one of its brightest beacons. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez died today at the age of 87 at his Mexico City home.

Known affectionately as "Gabo," Márquez was also a short-story writer, journalist and screenwriter. A champion of  "magic realism," the outspoken 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature leaves behind a heavy body of work that includes masterpieces like One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Of Love and Other Demons (1994) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).

One of his last public appearances was last month, when he came out of his home to greet media and fans during his birthday. Among shouts of "Maestro," the crowd sang "Las Mañanitas" to him and he cheerfully joined in.

Márquez is survived by the love of his life, Mercedes Barcha, who he married in 1958, and the couple's two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

Descanse en paz, Maestro.

1. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

2. “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.”
from Love in the Time of Cholera

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

5.“He soon acquired the forlorn look that one sees in vegetarians.”
from One Hundred Years of Solitude

6. "I would prove to the men how mistaken they are in thinking that they no longer
fall in love when they grow old—not knowing that they grow old when they stop
falling in love.”


8. “There is always something left to love.”
from One Hundred Years of Solitude

9. "The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast."

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


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

13. “He always considered death an unavoidable professional hazard.”
from Chronicle of a Death Foretold

14. "The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.”
from  One Hundred Years of Solitude


Source. Featured image by Bottelho


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