November 4, 2016

Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”

“A person does not belong to a place until there is someone dead under the ground.”

“A person doesn’t die when he should but when he can.”

“After seven days at sea, thirst is a feeling unto itself; it’s a deep pain in the throat, in the sternum, and especially beneath the clavicles. And it’s also the fear of suffocating.”

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

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

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

“Everything that goes into my mouth seems to make me fat, everything that comes out of my mouth embarrasses me.”

“Fiction was invented the day Jonas 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“If you lie down in a village square hoping to capture a sea gull, you could stay there your whole life without succeeding. But a hundred miles from shore it’s different. Sea gulls have a highly developed instinct for self-preservation on land but at sea they’re very cocky.”

“Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.”

“It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.”

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

“Justice… limps along, but it gets there all the same.”

“Lost in the solitude of his immense power, he began to lose direction.”

“Necessity has the face of a dog.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The anxiety of falling in love could not find repose except in bed.”

“The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.”

“The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.”

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

“The world was reduced to the surface of her skin and her inner self was safe from all bitterness.”

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

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

“You have to have spent the night at sea, sitting in a life raft and looking at your watch, to know that the night is immeasurably longer than the day.”

“Your first realization when you become an important person is that all day and all night, whatever the circumstances, people want to hear you talk about yourself.”