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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 25 Quotes

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 25 Quotes

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  1. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”  ? Of Love and Other Demons
  2. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ? Living to Tell the Tale

  3. "Necessity has the face of a dog." ? In Evil Hour
  4. “Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.”
  5. "One can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each, and not betray any of them...My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.” ? Love in the Time of Cholera
  6. “No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had.” ? Memories of My Melancholy Whores
  7. “I became aware that the invincible power that has moved the world is unrequited, not happy, love.” ? Memories of My Melancholy Whores 
  8. “Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.” ? Of Love and Other Demons
  9. “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” ? Living to Tell the Tale
  10. “A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.” ? The Autumn of the Patriarch
  11. “But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.” ? Love in the Time of Cholera
  12. “Wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.” ? One Hundred Years of Solitude
  13. "By trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing” ? One Hundred Years of Solitude

  14. “Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” ? Love in the Time of Cholera
  15. "The only difference today between Liberals and Conservatives is that the Liberals go to mass at five o'clock and the Conservatives at eight." ? One Hundred Years of Solitude

  16. ”’The world must be all fucked up,’ he said then, ‘when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.’ That was the last thing he was heard to say.” ? One Hundred Years of Solitude

  17. "A man should have two wives: one to love and one to sew on his buttons. ? Love in the Time of Cholera

  18. "No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing." ? Love in the Time of Cholera

  19. "He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stonecutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, than a poet." ? Love in
    the Time of Cholera

  20. "The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast." ? Love in the Time of Cholera

  21. "A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." ? Love in the Time of Cholera
  22. "He who awaits much can expect little." ? No One Writes to the Colonel

  23. "I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him." ? Love in the Time of Cholera

  24. “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.” ? Gabriel García Márquez: a Life
  25. “There is always something left to love.” ? One Hundred Years of Solitude

These, as you can tell, have just been compiled in a hurry. And, yes, we are sorry to have missed your favourites. Do share them with us in the comments section.

23 Apr 2014, 02:08:28 AM | Buzz

Salman Rushdie in the NYT: Magic in Service of Truth

He was a journalist who never lost sight of the facts. He was a dreamer who believed in the truth of dreams. He was also a writer capable of moments of delirious, and often comic, beauty. At the beginning of “Love in the Time of Cholera”: “The scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” At the heart of “The Autumn of the Patriarch,” after the dictator sells the Caribbean to the Americans, the American ambassador’s nautical engineers “carried it off in numbered pieces to plant it far from the hurricanes in the blood-red dawns of Arizona, they took it away with everything it had inside general sir, with the reflection of our cities, our timid drowned people, our demented dragons.” The first railway train arrives in Macondo and a woman goes mad with fear. “It’s coming,” she cries. “Something frightful, like a kitchen dragging a village behind it.” And of course, unforgettably:

“Colonel Aureliano Buendía organized 32 armed uprisings and he lost them all. He had 17 male children by 17 different women and they were exterminated one after the other on a single night before the oldest one had reached the age of 35. He survived 14 attempts on his life, 73 ambushes and a firing squad. He lived through a dose of strychnine in his coffee that was enough to kill a horse.”

For such magnificence, our only possible reaction is gratitude. He was the greatest of us all.

19 Apr 2014, 12:35:48 AM | Sundeep Dougal

Salman Rushdies, 1982, reviewing Chronicles of a Death Foretold in the LRB: Angel Gabriel:

In One Hundred Years of Solitude, the assumption into heaven of Remedios the Beauty, the loveliest girl in the world, is treated as a completely expected occurrence, but the arrival of the first railway train to reach Macondo sends a woman screaming down the high street. ‘It’s coming,’ she cries. ‘Something frightful, like a kitchen dragging a village behind it.’ Needless to say, the reactions of city folk to these two events would be exactly reversed. Garcia Marquez decided that reality in South America had literally ceased to exist: this is the source of his fabulism.

The damage to reality was – is – at least as much political as cultural. In Marquez’s experience, truth has been controlled to the point at which it has ceased to be possible to find out what it is. The only truth is that you are being lied to all the time

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