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Quotes of the day: Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Published Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 1:38 AM EDT
Apr 18 2014

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (March 6, 1927 – April 17, 2014) was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.

All I need in life is someone who understands me.

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

Because for you, quitting smoking would be like killing someone you love.

Before adolescence, memory is more interested in the future than the past...

Children's lies are signs of great talent.

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.

He who awaits much can expect little.

I believe without any doubt at all that our greatest good fortune was that even in the most extreme difficulties we might lose our patience but never our sense of humor.

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.

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

I would like for my books to have been recognized posthumously, at least in capitalist countries, where they turn you into a kind of merchandise.

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

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

Necessity has the face of a dog.

No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.

Nostalgia, as always, had wiped away bad memories and magnified the good ones.

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

The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.

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

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

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