Gabriel García Márquez was a talented and curious writer, unrivalled by any other. We decided to celebrate his legacy with some of the best quotations from his books.
Prolific Colombian novelist, journalist and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez died at the age of 87. The jewel of Spanish-language literature had spent nine days in the hospital with lung and urinary tract infections this month; he had been recovering from pneumonia since April 8. Márquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer over a decade ago but successfully fought it off before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006. He had been in a very fragile state this year.
The author is most remembered for penning Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. He received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Márquez often explored the subject of solitude within his works.
We find that Márquez is one of those rare authors who is either adored wholly or disregarded completely. If you love one of his novels, you will love all of his novels. His writing style was very eccentric, clever and beautiful, pulled off with exceptional grace. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this wonderful writer and individual than by sharing our favourite quotations from his novels. Who knows? Maybe he will gain a few new fans by the end of this article.
1. “It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” — One Hundred Years of Solitude
2. “There is always something left to love.” — One Hundred Years of Solitude
3. “He was healthier than the rest of us, but when you listened with the stethoscope you could hear the tears bubbling inside his heart.” — Chronicle of a Death Foretold
4. “The world was reduced to the surface of her skin and her inner self was safe from all bitterness.” — One Hundred Years of Solitude
5. “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.” — Love in the Time of Cholera
6. “Shame has poor memory.” — In Evil Hour
7. “As I hear him, I understand that he’s not more moronic because of the brandy than he is because of his cowardice.” — Leaf Storm and Other Stories
8. “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.” — Love in the Time of Cholera
What is your favourite Gabriel García Márquez novel? Do you have a favourite quote? Share in the comments below.