On March 6th, 1927, the Colombian writer and journalist Gabriel García Márquez was born. He is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for One Hundred Years of Solitude. So to celebrate his life, here are 10 of the most beautiful quotes he ever wrote.
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- “It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” – One Hundred Years of Solitude
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.” – Love in the Time of Cholera
3. “Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.” – Love in the Time of Cholera
4. “I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy, love.” – Memories of My Melancholy Whores
5. If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.” – Love in the Time of Cholera
6. “There is always something left to love.” – One Hundred Years of Solitude
7. “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
8. “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.” – Gabriel García Márquez: a Life
9. “Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.” – Love in the Time of Cholera
10. “’You can’t eat hope,’ the woman said.
‘You can’t eat it, but it sustains you,’ the colonel replied.” – No One Writes to the Colonel
And a bonus one, just because it’s iconic:
”Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” – One Hundred Years of Solitude
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